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Review: Ricky Rouse Has a Gun

Ricky Rouse has a Gun CoverRick Rouse is a US Army deserter who, after running away to China, gets a job at Fengxian Amusement Park, a family destination heavily “inspired” by Western culture, featuring Rambi (the deer with a red headband), Ratman (the caped crusader with a rat’s tail), Bumbo (small ears, big behind) and other original characters. The park’s general manager is convinced that Rick was destined to greet Fengxian customers dressed as none other than Ricky Rouse. But when American terrorists take the entire park hostage, only Ricky Rouse can save the day. In a furry costume.

Ricky Rouse Has a Gun is part action story, part parody, part commentary on intellectual property, and totally entertaining. What I found amazing about Ricky Rouse is its layered storytelling. You can read as much, or as little as you want. Is it an action story? Is it commentary about China’s habits when it comes to copyrights? Is it commentary about the United State’s creativity? Is it all of the above or more? This is a graphic novel that you can read, and debate about for hours after, and no answers would be incorrect. The foreward of the book is provided by Christopher Sprigman, a professor of law and New York University, and it sets the tone to get you to think of it all.

But beyond that depth, the characters are entertaining, moments are hillarious, and action worthy of the big screen. Ricky Rouse to me is an ode to action movies, and the sequels they spawn, with some great commentary thrown in there. Though it’s presented on printed page, I had many of the scenes playing through my head as if they were directed by Bruckheimer or Bay. For every thing that gets you to think, there’s also more than enough explosions to allow you to turn off your brain too.

Mix it all with some fantastic art, and the graphic novel is one that both entertains and gets you to think, and there’s enough in there about Chinese culture, you might learn a bit too.

Story: Jörg Tittel Art: John Aggs
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Self Made Hero provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review