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The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius Paperback – 22 Mar 2007

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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press; Gph edition (22 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929998007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929998005
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 16.9 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,157,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Chell VINE VOICE on 22 April 2002
Judd Winick's first collected edition of Barry Ween stories provides telling insights into the character of the eponymous anti-hero and his supporting cast. Quite how it does this through a raging torrent of expletive-laden side-splitting humour is quite beyond me, though none the less entertaining for it. Given the pre-existence of South Park, and now the similarly-entitled but TOTALLY different Jimmy Neutron - Boy Genius cartoons, it is highly unlikely that we'll ever see Winick's creation on the screen. Shame. Barry Ween is the ideal entertainment for those of us whose sense of humour stopped developing during the early years of puberty. Try it, you know you want to, but don't blame me if you get hairs on the palms of your hands.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Barry Ween Version 1.0 13 April 2006
By Johnny Heering - Published on
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Before Judd Winick became a writer of superhero comics, he wrote (and drew) this comedy series about a boy with a 350 IQ. Barry Ween is a foul-mouthed, sarcastic, junior mad scientist. Sometimes his experiments go wrong, which is where the humor comes from. Be advised that while this comic is about kids, it's not actually for kids (although it's ok for teens).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not your everyday neighborhood kid. 14 July 2002
By Mary J. Alderdice - Published on
This volume collects the first three issues of The Adventures of Barry Ween: Boy Genius.
Barry Ween is not the boy next door. At least, you'd better hope he's not. If he is, chances are you probably don't want to know, because you probably have radioactive waste stored under your house, have had your entire life history scoped out, have had your future pre-determined, and your cat is probably a clone.
Barry is not your typical 10 year old. As he says, if his IQ could be measured, it'd loom somewhere around 350. He remembers his time in the womb. He has, however, hidden his staggering intelligence from his family and from most of his 'peers.' The only one who seems to know the truth about Barry is his best friend Jeremy. The attraction there is certainly not because Barry recognizes a kindred spirit. While not dumb, Jeremy would rather spend his energy thinking about [breasts] and food than world domination.
If you're familiar with The Tick, you might remember Charles. Barry reminds me of Charles, except not as manic, more intelligent, and with a much more ... colorful ... vocabulary. But, despite the conniving, calculating, impatient, overbearing nature of our boy hero, he has a soft side (though he'd never admit it). Whether working to change Jeremy back into a human (long story), or saving his classmates from a group of Austrian art thieves, Barry generally finds a way to do 'the right thing' to get his friends and himself out of sticky situations, swearing up a blue streak all the while.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to reading more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Adventures of a Boy Genius Written by a Comic Genius 7 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Judd Winick is a rising star in the comic book/graphic novel arena. His book, The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius is one of the funniest graphic novels that I have read in years. Biting sarcasm, dead-on movie spoofs, great writing & nice (but rather primitive) artwork combine to make this a five-star collection. As the cover blurb from Garth Ennis says, think Calvin & Hobbes on drugs. My only caution is that there is some rather vulgar language in the book, so it is not appropriate for young children.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Extremely Funny 25 Aug. 2003
By John Berggren - Published on
Barry Ween is one of the funniest books I've read in the last few years. There were several points where I nearly stopped breathing from laughter. Barry Ween is a Boy Genius. His friend, Jeremy, has a knack for getting into trouble. Mostly Barry gets Jeremy out of trouble. This series has brilliantly funny humor. Barry's vocabulary is very R-rated though. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'm a "Ween-ie" for Life.... 8 Dec. 2001
By Mark C. Dooley - Published on
I decided to try this book out on the unqualified recommendation of Comic Buyer's Guide columnist Tony Isabella. Dee and I were at Mid-Ohio Con's pre-convention party at the Laughing Ogre, and so, on a lark and with some dough to blow, I picked it up and took it back to the hotel with me.
Damn Tony and his calculating, seductive ways! He KNEW that I would become a "Weenie" and would immediately be scouring the convention for the next two volumes.... of which only "2.0" was available. But like a junkie in need of a fix, I scarped it up and, late that night, kept Dee awake with my incessant laughing and reading aloud nearly every passage. You can't help but read this stuff out loud, the book practically talks by itself.
When I was finished, I got that terrific feeling again, the feeling I got when I first experienced Jeff Smith's BONE, or Brian Michael Bendis' first Ultimate Spider-Man, or when Frank Miller gave new meaning to both Daredevil and Batman, or when a young neophyte from Canada named John Byrne launched a career I officially mark with his first writing and drawing gig on the last issue of Charlton's SPACE:1999. This, this is why I love comics and the people who make them. This is indeed a boom year for great comics, and every now and again, you find something that seems to transcend the medium. I wish only great things for Judd Winick and I'm climbing the walls waiting to see where he's taking Barry, Jeremy, and Sara next.
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