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Review: Discombobulated: The Return: Back to Therapy

DISCOMBOBULATED: THE RETURN: BACK TO THERAPY

For many of us, time is all we have these days. Hours turn into days and days turn into weeks. For some of us, it’s a time for us to get to know ourselves. For others, it is a nice way to do those home improvements we have endlessly neglected.

We also tend to work on things that we never had time for before. So when we pick some of those things back up, it can be some work. Our excuses still exist but don’t matter as much. In the tenth story arc of the hilarious and relevant Discombobulated, David decides to revisit this very comic.

We find David, utilizing those same excuses he has always, as his inner voice brings him back to reality, realizing the finger-pointing should go only one direction. As he attempts to bare his soul to his therapist, she reveals to him, that he never has taken responsibility for his marriage and divorce. He also tries to make amends with Annie, which goes as planned, horribly. By story’s end, David learns he has to be truthful with himself before moving on with his life

Overall, an honest chapter which shows why fans love this strip. The story by David F. Walker is comical. The art by DJ Parnell is spectacular. Altogether, a story that shows Walker’s openness with his audience.

Story: David F. Walker Art: DJ Parnell 
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Discombobulated: The Things We Tell Our Therapist

DISCOMBOBULATED: THE THINGS WE TELL OUR THERAPIST

In the time we’re living in now, it’s difficult to prioritize anything over staying alive. Many of the things we complained about before have become ridiculous. The people we had disagreements with suddenly aren’t on top of the pyramid of our worries. Our mental health is what will either sustain us or damage us during this pandemic.

A growing concern is if cabin fever leads to crimes within the household. An increase in domestic violence is a valid concern. Men in these situations often let their anger lead the way. In the ninth story arc of the hilarious and relevant Discombobulated, David chooses a more peaceful path with Annie, one which he talks through with his therapist.

We find David, meeting with his therapist who gives him an unprofessional opinion, which he is an idiot for the way he reacted to Annie. This also when his therapist tries to lead him to the point that he also has an imaginary girlfriend, who more than bares a passing resemblance to She-Hulk. As an argument plays out in his mind, where his imaginary girlfriend, tries to break up with him, buy pointing out all his faults. By the story’s end, David’s imaginary girlfriend breaks up with him to go with his subconscious.

Overall, an interesting chapter which shows the inner workings of our protagonist. The story by David F. Walker is funny. The art by DJ Parnell is breathtaking. Altogether, a story that shows Walker’s skills with comedy.

Story: David F. Walker Art: DJ Parnell 
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Discombobulated: Mistook

DISCOMBOBULATED: MISTOOK

Misunderstandings happen every day which is why communication is so crucial. You never want to have your intentions, actions, or words to be misconstrued. As a single cisgender male, I often wonder if a smile or being friendly may be taken the wrong way. I cannot count on my hands how many times women have taken it as me hitting on them and just not being friendly.

Then there are times when I show interest and the women do not find me attractive or only see me as a friend. This is a constant struggle for most men. You want to be yourself but you don’t want to come off the wrong way either. In the fifth story arc of the hilarious and relevant Discombobulated, our protagonist has gotten caught up in a rather awkward situation.

We find David, free from Annie, out with a new male friend, who he soon finds out misconstrued their encounter as a date and assumed he was bisexual. As his new friend’s initial assumption is based on his social media profile, leading to why he thought David was in the first place. As David’s new friend starts to explain why he thought David was bisexual, he eventually objectifies him. By story’s end, even though David is not attracted to him, he attempts to break things off amicably.

Overall, a funny chapter that shows the complexity of perception. The story by David F. Walker is appealing and enjoyable. The art by DJ Parnell and Marcus Kwame is striking. Altogether, a story that shows how important first impressions are.

Story: David F Walker Art: DJ Parnell  & Marcus Kwame
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Discombobulated: The Alter(ed) Ego

DISCOMBOBULATED – “The Alter(ed) Ego”

As a child of the 1980s, I can honestly say I did not know how unique of a decade it was. This is when popular culture was at its height, as can be seen today in all the revivals in every medium. This is no coincidence as many of us who grew up then are now parents and in some cases grandparents. All of John Hughes movies are now considered classics and it also was the decade that gave us names like Stallone and Schwarzenegger.

As iconic as television shows of the decade were, there was something also unique about the movies. It gave us Goonies and Risky Business, and Revenge of the Nerds. As with many movies, not all were good, but many were well-intentioned, like the movie, Hunk, which was about how a computer nerd made a deal with the Devil to get a muscled up body. In the third story arc of the hilarious and relevant Discombobulated, our protagonist has a conversation with his better self if he actually worked out and ate healthily

We find David, as he sees an athletic version of himself, as it tells him everything he knew but didn’t want to hear. As this alter ego digs more into his insecurities, even into his own racial identity, where its pointed out this version is darker in complexion. David finally realizes that those insecurities serve him no purpose, as everyone has them, and he should not feel bad for having them. By story’s end, he realizes his own self hatred is his own worst enemy .

Overall, a ruckus episode that is both self-deprecating and hilarious. The story by David F. Walker is appealing and amusing. The art by DJ Parnell and Von Porter is stunning. Altogether, a story that shows introspection is good only for a time.

Story: David F Walker Art: DJ Parnell and Von Porter
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Discombobluated: Reconsillyation

DISCOMBOBLUATED: RECONSILLYATION

When it comes to most wars across the world, the facts of the war are pretty much not up for dispute. Historians can agree on what happened at the Battle Of Normandy. Then there are wars where “facts” depend on who tells it. Take, for instance, the Mexican American War, where they view Pancho Villa as a hero while America has looked at him as an antagonist.

James Bowie and William B. Travis, are considered heroes of the Alamo, while Mexican history has always looked at them as agitators. Then there is the whole drama behind the War Of 1812, where to this day, no one can agree who won that war. This becomes even more entangled in personal relationships, where no one can agree on anything. In the eighth story arc of the hilarious and relevant Discombobulated, David tries to amicably come to terms with Annie.

We find David, meeting Annie, where she assumes he is there to apologize to her for any misgivings, but he is looking for a more equitable end. As David soon realizes that there is no middle ground with her, as she takes liberties with his amenability, as she thinks his olive branch is his way of them getting back together. David eventually takes his apology back and understands immediately that reaching back out to her was a mistake. By the story’s end, David finally realizes how silly reconciliation is and decides to go back to his therapist.

Overall, a fascinating chapter which shows the ills of dealing with exes. The story by David F. Walker is side-splitting. The art by DJ Parnell is wonderful. Altogether, a story that gives an honest look at reconciliation.

Story: David F. Walker Art: DJ Parnell 
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Discombobulated: Irrationality For the Win

DISCOMBOBULATED: IRRATIONALITY FOR THE WIN

Your inner voice is usually what people think of as their conscience. We rarely look at is as our worst enemy, that thing that holds us back or give us doubt in our motives and actions. Sometimes, we also fail to realize it is our based instinct.

It may be that “spidey sense” that a tingle when we feel something is wrong. It can lead us to places where we would never dream of or meeting the type of people we usually don’t commiserate with. It may even lead us to find that special somebody. In the seventh story arc of the hilarious and relevant Discombobulated, David has a crisis, is it real or imagined; only he can answer it.

We find David, by himself, as he feels something is wrong, which is when his inner voice pops up struggling to calm him down. David feels he is having a heart attack while his inner voice warns him it is nothing but an anxiety attack. David’s inner voice finally succumbs as he realizes that it may be a heart attack.

Overall, an intriguing chapter which illustrates how such maladies occur. The story by David F. Walker is comical. The art by DJ Parnell is terrific. Altogether, a story that illustrates just how much stress occurs in things like anxiety attacks.

Story: David F. Walker Art: DJ Parnell 
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Discombobulated: Therapy Sessions Part 4

DISCOMBOBULATED: THERAPY SESSIONS PART 4

Leaders come in all shades and colors. There are those understanding people but cannot lead those individuals to do work. Then there are those who understand through discipline, as I used to see in the military, where they think that you should listen to them because of their position. Transition to civilian life often is difficult for these people as they soon find out that ordinary citizens could care less for who they were and definitely not for who they are.

Then there are those whom we call “non- confrontational politicians”. These people tend to often cower at the first sight of standing up for anything. Needless to say, they often make horrible supervisors but are rampant in every workplace one can think of. In the sixth story arc of the hilarious and relevant Discombobulated, we find that our protagonist hates confrontation, a flaw which has caused him more damage in his personal life.

We find David back at his therapist’s office talking about how his latest relationship with Annie. It seems to be a pattern of looking for toxic partners. He divulges that he faked his own death to get out of his relationship with her. David’s therapist brings to light the fact that his recent act of faking his own death reveals a substantial fear of confrontation. By story’s end, David’s therapist shows him that though Annie traumatized him that it also paralyzed his social life.

Overall, an intriguing chapter which shows just how much of a drain relationships can be. The story by David F. Walker is interesting and amusing. The art by DJ Parnell is outstanding. Altogether, a story that shows the scars relationships leave long after they are over.

Story: David F Walker Art: DJ Parnell 
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy