Book Review: The Amazing Joy Buzzards Volume 1

I admit that Mark Andrew Smith and Dan Hipp’s The Amazing Joy Buzzards Volume 1: Here Come the Spiders was not instantly appealing to me. It’s goofy, the art is cartoon-y and unusual, and the largely male-as-actor female-as-groupie formula was not especially interesting to me for a period of several years. However, I acquired it through a friend with similar tastes, so I finally read it.

The Amazing Joy Buzzards follows the exploits of a famous, crime-fighting band. There’s covert government agencies, an evil group set on death, ancient ruins, a rival band, monsters, vampire robot zombies, and some really cool art. It is Scooby-Do meets The Blue Hearts, and it really works.

Bottom line: If you want a fun read and have a soft spot for absurdity and/or punk rock art pick up The Amazing Joy Buzzards. You won’t regret it.

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