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on 9 April 2003
this mini series for the hopeless savages is absolutely fantastic. for anyone that is interested in independent comic books and punk music, will love this book. i bought it and couldn't put it down, i read it in one night. the characters are fantastic and i love all of them, its really hard to pick a fave out the family, as they all have fantastic qualities that make them essential to the story. the plot is really fun and is about the children of the family having to find their punk parents who have been kidnapped, and is told by zero the youngest of the four.
it gets even better they have 4 extra comic strips at the end of the book telling of a few other of their fun antics. to everyone who loves comics, id say they should get this, it appeals to everyone.
get this your comic collection isnt complete with out it!!!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 7 January 2006
The first four issues of the ensemble comic book series are collected here along with a few other tidbits. The light-as-a-feather story is about a pair of British punk parents and their four offspring. Dirk Hopeless and Nikki Savage were punk icons who met, married, and toured off into the sunset, making enough money off their records to settle into a comfy suburban existence and raise four kids. The story starts with three of the four grown and moved out, and the youngest rocking out on guitar. In fact, she rocks out so much that she doesn't hear the skinheads who break in and kidnap her parents...
Punkette Zero wakes up to find the house trashed and starts rallying her siblings to find and rescue her parents. Soon her sexy quasi-goth sister Arsenal and gay neo-mod brother Twitch are on the scene, and they resolve to track down their estranged brother Rat, who years ago abandoned his spiked hair and leather jacket for button down shirts and khakis. It doesn't take them long to find him living the nice corporate life at a Starbucks-like coffee company. For reasons that never really make sense, they feel the need to "deprogram" him (even though he seems to be quite happy in his new life), in order to get his help finding the parents. From here, the plot is kind of Scooby Doo meets The Incredibles, as the foursome follow the obvious clues to track the villain down, rescue their parents, and foil his plot to steal one of their father's pre-punk songs.
It's all kind of cute and fun, but of course has no relation (other than costumes) to punk. The parents seem more like rock stars than punks, and indeed, live like affluent upper-middle class people, complete with private schools for the kids. The whole subplot about "deprogramming" Rat is never justified in any way, and actually, the family's insistence that Rat be "punk" comes off as more fascistic than anything else. Of course it's not supposed to be realistic or anything, just a light entertainment, which is what it is. Kind of amusing for those of us who grew up listening to The Ham, The Clash, Buzzcocks, and other mainstream '70s-'80s Brit stuff. Tacked on at the end are several short stories which introduce characters who play larger roles later in the series.
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