Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bosch Fawstin's THE INFIDEL #1

And now, for a hero of Babylonian proportions... We've discussed Bosch Fawstin's work here before, from his debut graphic novel Table For One, his Infidel preview ProPiganda: Drawing the Line Against Jihad, to his take on Jihad in DC Comic's The 99. Now, we finally get Pigman's proper debut in the long-awaited anti-Jihadist epic The Infidel. Fawstin describes the story:

"The Infidel is about twin brothers Killian Duke and Salaam Duka whose Muslim background comes to the forefront of their lives on 9/11. Killian responds to the atrocity by creating a counter-jihad superhero comic book called Pigman, as Salaam fully surrenders to Islam. Pigman's battle against his archenemy SuperJihad is echoed by the escalating conflict between the twins."

This, as you can probably guess, is a story that is guaranteed to polarize; Pigman doesn't hold his punches, and Fawstin doesn't hold his tongue. It calls out Islam for what it is, with no PC apologies. Heroes and villains are clearly defined with the romantic spirit of Ayn Rand, and there is none of the second-guessing that plagued mainstream characters like Captain America in the stories that came after 9/11. In other words, this makes Fawstin's heroes the villains in the Babylonian tongues of our culture's ethic of self-sacrifice. It's a concept not lost on Fawstin, evidenced in his recent interview with Capitalism Magazine:

CAPITALISM MAGAZINE: If you could describe Pigman in one or two words what would you call him?

BOSCH: Jihadists' Terrorist.

This "confusion of tongues" is on display in one review in particular; as Fawstin describes it: "A liberal review finds that he can't dismiss The Infidel." From the review:
"The Infidel is a comic by Bosch Fawstin that’s been in the works for a number of years. And this week, just as it is to feature on The Daily Show, it’s gone live.

I have mocked this comic book a number of times, on Lying In The Gutters at CBR and recently on Bleeding Cool, as some kind of poorly dashed off, one sided polemic, based on a series of cartoons, posters and teasers by Bosch which have been lazy, repetitive, boring and dull. And I thought the comic book would be just the same.
I was wrong.
I mean it is a polemic. It is bigoted. But its not quite the Jack Chick caricature his promotional work have suggested it is. And artistically, in terms of storytelling, it’s rather accomplished, certainly to what I was expecting."
Bigoted? Or just pointing out that the Jihadist emperor wears no clothes? Decide for yourself; Chapter one of The Infidel graphic novel is now available as a pdf download for $2.50; The comic is 25 pgs and in full color. Available now at fawstin.blogspot.com.

4 comments:

Bosch Fawstin said...

Thanks, Joe, appreciate your thoughts on it.

Rich Johnston said...

I still don't see myself as a liberal reviewer.

Either way, yes the comic is bigoted. It portrays an enemy, collectively using unpleasant physical and epithetical caricature, along the lines of Captain America comics in the forties, or the hook nosed anti-semetic cartoons of recent days. Whether you agree with it or not, its a bigoted approach to take.

Joe Maurone said...

Bosch, congratulations on your appearance on THE DAILY SHOW. You handled yourself admirably, considering the lion's den you were "thrown into"...

Bosch Fawstin said...

Appreciate that, Joe, they definitely gutted the substance out of it and made me seem to appear to answer questions in ways I didn't, but my work is out there in a way it hasn't been and rational individuals who smell a rat know where to find me.