With all due respect, I think Wesley being despicable and pathetic was the point. The whole set-up is designed to make you want to see him get his comeuppance (which, inicdentally, never actually happens).Rhyo said:I disliked the lead character, didn't give a damn about what happened to him and stopped reading about 2/3 of the way through.
I dunno. I think what made it bearable was the ironic distance created by the casual tone -- how *self-consciously* pointless the violence is. That allowed me to appreciate it as good, mindless, cathartic fun. Entertainment at its sickest, presented with a knowing nudge-nudge wink-wink to the nihilism of it all. At that level, I really enjoyed it.Rhyo said:If you like your fiction pointlessly violent, "anti-heroic" and grim'n'gritty it's good - I'd rec Brubaker's SLEEPER over WANTED any day, though.
compound said:What it *did* capture was the sheer infantile lunacy of four-color escapism, taken to its most irrational extremes. And I liked that.
thee great one said:I got my trade of this last night and it was absolutly brillant. I loved all the little refrences.
E said:Agreed. I got my TPB at the Motor City Comic Con for half off. This is what a TPB should be - all alternate covers, some articles, and it even includes the Dossier.
As for the story - I don't know if I'd call it "brilliant" but it was very enjoyable and I liked it a lot. I didn't care for how it ended (and I mean the very ending - the stuff with his dad was great) but it's a minor quibble.