What if terrorists took over a theme park, and the only onwho could save you was one of the park’s costumed mascots? That’s the story of the recently released graphic novel Ricky Rouse Has a Gun by writer/director Jörg Tittel and artist John Aggs. Using thinly veiled versions of Disney’s mascot and a host of other media properties to to populate their theme park, Tittel and Aggs aren’t only making an action story, they’re critiquing corporate consumerism.
Provoking, political and packed with gunplay, Ricky Rouse Has a Gun follows Rick Rouse, who deserts the U.S. Army and takes a job as a costumed mascot at a Chinese theme park based on Western culture, with just enough changes to avoid being sued. The park features a young deer named Rambi, a superhero named Ratman, and other “original” characters. Rouse has to lean on his military training when he finds his new place of employment overrun by terrorists.
SelfMadeHero released the book this week in the United States.
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