Sometimes we need a little weird in our lives. It’s to unhinge us from the structure and inanity of our daily lives, or it’s just a way to connect with something we don’t understand. Plus, isn’t the weirdness of life what makes it so damn interesting? I take a look at what most likely is the weirdest comic I’ve read all year from the creator of Orbiter’s Prism which, while weird, doesn’t reach the weird levels of this title, which is soon to have a sequel later this year.
Poor Thing #1 (Neoglyphic Media)
This comic consists of four stories, one running a single page and another taking up 80% of the comic. You wouldn’t figure that this was an anthology, and in a sense it isn’t. Instead it’s a slice of writer and artist Drew Miller and it is in fact a very enjoyable, weird slice indeed. Since there are a few stories going on, this comic reminds me a lot of the animation seen on Liquid Television, the first major adult cartoon show from way back in 1991. That show’s major claim to fame was Aeon Flux, which was also very weird, but it also contained short cartoons that boggled the mind and showcased gross out stuff. Heck, Ren and Stimpy debuted there too, and we all know how weird and gross that cartoon was.
It opens weird.
This first story in this comic is about a little man on a hill. It’s two pages and is more strange due to the art than anything and adequately opens the book preparing the reader for what is to come.
The second story is called Witchin Hours and is about a witch doctor paying a visit to one of his patients. The story opens with him smoking presumably marijuana, humming a tune and locating the person via a diamond drawing over their doorway. Though not very important its this specific way of finding the person that creates a sense of a world that draws you in. From there, the doctor—wearing socks and sandals and also lacking a nose—tries to help his patient who has a bad bout of sadness. They sit in the hut and work things out. This story is very trippy and makes you wonder if Miller takes inspiration from drugs.
Luckily the story isn’t incomprehensible as some stories tend to get when characters trip and they go on a little adventure together. They talk about slimy black vermin who hide in swiss cheese, the need to find love to cure sadness and test out a holographic dating simulator.
The doctor is in.
It’s all very weird, but also funny. The moment Heart Weevils are brought up you’ll feel itchy but also laugh out loud. Miller has a great sense of building anticipation and it helps with the humor, but also the weirdness. As the story progresses you’ll never know where it’s going which is exciting and sucks you into the story. Sure some of it is incomprehensible, but that’s what makes it so much fun.
The final two stories are quick but effective. The first is only a page long and is a fun little teleportation event. The final story follows two characters taking lunch. It’s a tense little moment and it’s a fun scene; something you might imagine an art school short film might look like. It all rests on Miller’s ability to draw a specific type of sandwich and it’s equally gross and absurd.
Dark, twisted, absurd and funny, this is a fantastic single issue that has just enough weird to catapult you out of your boring life and into another world.