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Review: Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #2

As his friends are blackballed from show business, the government turns up the heat on Snagglepuss, even as his play threatens to implode from within. But no matter how grave the threat, Snagglepuss lives by a single motto: the show must go on!

Writer Mark Russell continues to explore the life of Snagglepuss and the 50s in the second issue of Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles. With a play that feels like it’s in chaos, Snagglepuss balances his job and his personal life and it’s that balance of the two that’s interesting. We get more than enough drama in both as life is juggled around.

While the professional life of Snagglepuss’ life is on display, more on that later, it’s Huckleberry Hound’s personal life that’s the tragedy of the issue. We learn of his reasons for running off to New York City and again the series focuses on the difficulties of being a gay individual during this time period. It’s tragic and heartfelt and honest in so many ways.

The political intrigue continues as well bringing up the rather conflicting nature of the time. On one hand you had a committee attempting to find “Communists and subversives” in entertainment while there was also a want in using those same individuals to battle against Communists using entertainment. Russell explores so much of the time and the tumultuous nature of it all.

Artist Mike Feehan again delivers in a style that just fits the topic of it all. The art is key in creating the world and taking what seems like is a silly concept and making it not so much. It also creates a lot of the emotion, especially with Huckleberry Hound and a particular scene in the play.

The issue also has a back-up of Sasquatch Detective which feels so off considering the lead in story. Written by Brandee Stillwell with art by Gus Vasquez I found myself asking more of “why” than anything else. A bunch of short scenes on comments, the story itself is an introduction to the character and concept without much to draw you in beyond that.

Snagglepuss continues to impress with a story that’s touching and explores a time period that feels so long ago. Russell weaves together drama with history to deliver a comic that’s entertaining and educational.

Story: Mark Russell, Brandee Stillwell Art: Mike Feehan, Mark Morales, Gus Vasquez
Cover: Ben Caldwell

Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #2

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #2

(W) Mark Russell, Brandee Stillwell (A) Mike Feehan, Mark Morales, Gus Vasquez (CA) Ben Caldwell
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

As his friends are blackballed from show business, the government turns up the heat on Snagglepuss, even as his play threatens to implode from within. But no matter how grave the threat, Snagglepuss lives by a single motto: the show must go on!

With an all-new bonus backup feature, written by Brandee Stilwell with art by Gus Vazquez, when a sasquatch joins the Los Angeles Police Department, can things get any hairier?

This six-page backup story is included in the issue at no extra cost!

Exit Stage Left: Talking Snagglepuss’ New Comic Series with Writer Mark Russell. Listen on Demand.

Heavens to Murgatroyd! The classic Hanna-Barbera character Snagglepuss as a closeted gay Southern playwright being investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee!? That’s the concept of the new comic series, Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles written by Mark Russell with art by Mike Feehan and being published by DC Comics.

The first issue felt revolutionary gaining buzz and praise from critics and readers alike with the second issue coming to shelves February 7th.

Writer Mark Russell joins Graphic Policy Radio to talk about the new comic series that has everyone talking.

Mark Russell (THE FLINTSTONES, EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES) is an Eisner-nominated satirist who isn’t afraid to go to very serious places. His stories take on Trumpism, bullying, war, genocide, historical amnesia and more. His work was featured on ForbesSlate Magazine and Paste Magazine’s best graphic novel lists in 2017. @Manruss

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

X-MEN RED #1Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Jon

Top Pick: Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery and Incognegro: Renaissance #1 (Dark Horse/Berger Books) – These are some of the best things I’ve read in a long time in any form. A great examination of race in America wrapped up in a nail biting thriller and more relevant than ever.

 

Brett

Top Pick: X-Men: Red #1 (Marvel) – A new X-Men team with a returned Jean Grey as the leader? I’m intrigued where this one will go and if this is the tipping point of “X” bloat, which we’re already near. But, a big character returning to a world that’s vastly different has me very intrigued.

Avengers #679 (Marvel) – “No Surrender” has been a lot of fun so far. A rare event that’s holding up in quality.

Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #4 (DC Comics) – A great mix of action and socio-political commentary. Exactly how it’s supposed to be done.

Carthago (Humanoids) – I’m a Jaws fan, so a comic that sounds like it’s another terror from below with sharks story, I’m in.

Coyotes #4 (Image Comics) – Fantastic horror with so many layers. You’ll be debating what it all means and the symbolism. Don’t think there’s much out there today like this series.

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #2 (DC Comics) – One of the best comics of 2018 so far. This will easily wind up on “best of” lists.

Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock #1 (Marvel) – A big event is kicking off, big enough that it shook up plans for ongoing series. With a movie coming up touching upon some of the same characters and concepts, this should be interesting.

Mech Cadet Yu #6 (BOOM! Studios) – One of my favorite series. Just so much fun to read. In short, kids and giant robots kick alien ass.

Exit Stage Left: Talking Snagglepuss’ New Comic Series with Writer Mark Russell. LIVE this Monday.

Heavens to Murgatroyd! The classic Hanna-Barbera character Snagglepuss as a closeted gay Southern playwright being investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee!? That’s the concept of the new comic series, Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles written by Mark Russell with art by Mike Feehan and being published by DC Comics.

The first issue felt revolutionary gaining buzz and praise from critics and readers alike with the second issue coming to shelves February 7th.

Writer Mark Russell joins Graphic Policy Radio to talk about the new comic series that has everyone talking.

Listen to the show LIVE this Monday at 10pm ET.

Mark Russell (THE FLINTSTONES, EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES) is an Eisner-nominated satirist who isn’t afraid to go to very serious places. His stories take on Trumpism, bullying, war, genocide, historical amnesia and more. His work was featured on ForbesSlate Magazine and Paste Magazine’s best graphic novel lists in 2017. @Manruss

Listen to the show and Tweet us your questions @graphicpolicy.

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – IGN Fires Editor-In-Chief For ‘Alleged Misconduct’ – Good to see folks cleaning house.

ICv2 – Five Trends to Watch in the Comics Business in 2018 – Think these will happen?

Newsarama – Jim Baikie Passes Away At 77 – Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

The Comichron – Kirkman’s Oblivion Song again leads advance reorders; Hawkman Found tops reorders – For those that dig the horse race.

 

Reviews

IGN – Batman #38

IGN – Batman and the Signal #1

Comic Book – Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepus Chronicles #1

IGN – Guardians of the Galaxy #150

AiPT! – Iceman #9

Geek Dad – Nightwing #36

IGN – Phoenix Resurrection #2

IGN – The Walking Dead #175

Review: Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1

It’s 1953. While the United States is locked in a nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union, the gay Southern playwright known as Snagglepuss is the toast of Broadway. But success has made him a target. As he plans for his next hit play, Snagglepuss becomes the focus of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. And when powerful forces align to purge show business of its most subversive voices, no one is safe!

Releasing January 3, 2018, Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 is one of the strongest debuts of a comic series in a while and sets a high bar for 2018. Written by Mark Russell, the series gives us a fleshed out concept we first saw in the Suicide Squad/The Banana Splits Special #1 back in March 2017. After that strong tease, I’ve been counting down in anticipation until this limited series was officially released and with that anticipation comes high expectations. Thankfully, even with that Herculean level of build up, the comic not only meets expectation but surpasses them in every way. The Snagglepuss Chronicles is emotionally poignant, brutally honest, and utterly brilliant.

Russell is a master satirist as we’ve seen with his work on Prez, The Flintstones, and more. Much like The Flintstones, Russell is using Snagglepuss in unexpected ways, making him gay, a playwright, and throwing him the middle of the Red Scare of the 50s. Also like The Flintstones’ deft take on current issues like the election, misogyny, toxic masculinity, the treatment of veterans, and religion, this too feels timely as the United States is in the middle of a second “Red Scare.”

While The Flintstones used humor, Snagglepuss seems to instead focus on the emotional punch because while it has been made clear that Snagglepuss is gay in the lead up, he’s very much closeted in the comic. Being gay and in entertainment in the 1950s was a sure way to get yourself investigated by the McCarthy witch hunt, led by a conservative streak we’re seeing rise again today. While struggles for the LGBTQ community still exist, Russell reminds us about how far we’ve come as Snagglepuss sneaks around to experience honest love but also setting this revelation at the Stonewall Inn, the site of riots 16 years later, a historical site recognized and event recognized as a major turning point in the gay rights movement. There’s no doubt there’s symbolism in the location chosen as this is the moment Snagglepuss “comes out” to the reader and the location is used to tell the tale of the struggle of gay individuals in this time period. Entertaining and smart with every minute detail adding to the rich and heartbreaking story.

Russell is helped with the art by Mike Feehan whose style fits the time period and evokes imagery we’d expect with a flair of The Great Gatsby. But, what Feehan does that’s most impressive is blend this world of human and animal to the point it works and you don’t even think about it. No matter how silly the situation, it feels natural and just works. You can see an example of that to the left where both a human and giant pink cat are dressed up as dogs for a play. The concept is so out there but nothing about it seems odd as you get going.

There’s also something to the art adding to the plot of a closeted individual who’s about to be outed. The animal as human can easily be interpreted as stand-ins for obfuscation about the truth of who we are and how we present. It’ll be interesting to see how both the story and art continue in this direction, if they continue. The art adds to the concept that we are more than what we see at the outermost level.

The downside of Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 is that it sets up such high expectations not only for itself, but everything else we might expect in 2018. That’s the trouble with going first, if you’re as good as this is, everything else has to measure up and very little will.

Story: Mark Russell Art: Mike Feehan
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Top Pick: Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 (DC Comics) – I’ve read it and it’s amazing. Writer Mark Russell and artist Mike Feehan deliver what might be the best series of 2018 already. Yes, it’s that good. Russell has taken the classic cartoon character and reimagined him as an in the closet gay Southern playwright with a backdrop of the McCarthy hearings. It sets an amazingly high bar for the rest of the year.

Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny #1 (IDW Publishing) – The popular toy line comes to comics and it’ll be interesting to see what IDW does with it.

Transformers vs. The Visionaries #1 (IDW Publishing) – Speaking of toys, the end of the last Hasbro even had the Visionaries come to the Hasbro comic universe and I can’t wait to see where things go from here. It was an unexpected shocking twist of an end.

The Walking Dead #175 (Skybound/Image Comics) – A new group has been made contact with and this issue kicks off a whole new arc. Can’t wait!

X-Men: Grand Design #2 (Marvel) – Ed Piskor knocked it out of the park with the first issue and what was one of the best releases by Marvel in 2017.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Secret Weapons #0 (Valiant) – When your favourite miniseries of 2017 has a bonus issue released, then you’re a little excited for it to arrive.

Last week’s comics – Due to a problem with the courier service, the entirety of Eastern Canada didn’t get their comics last week. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to getting my hands on those as well this week.

Around the Tubes

We hope everyone is having a wonderful day today! Sound off in the comments below if you have gotten any neat geeky things this holiday season!

While you get things going this morning, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Screen Rant – Batman Comics Are Fighting For Transgender Awareness – This was awesome to see.

Blavity – Atlanta Brothers Create And Launch A Line Of Black Superhero Comics – Going to have to check this out!

CBLDF – Turkish Courts Order 12 Anti-Erdoğan Cartoons Removed from Twitter – Nothing to see here, just an autocratic regime.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Aquaman #31

Herts Advertiser – Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again

Atomic Junk Shop – Elsewhere

The Beat – Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1

Herts Advertiser – Marvel Generations

Comic Book – X-Men: Grand Design #1

Review: Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1

It’s 1953. While the United States is locked in a nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union, the gay Southern playwright known as Snagglepuss is the toast of Broadway. But success has made him a target. As he plans for his next hit play, Snagglepuss becomes the focus of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. And when powerful forces align to purge show business of its most subversive voices, no one is safe!

Releasing January 3, 2018, Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 is one of the strongest debuts of a comic series in a while and sets a high bar for 2018. Written by Mark Russell, the series gives us a fleshed out concept we first saw in the Suicide Squad/The Banana Splits Special #1 back in March 2017. After that strong tease, I’ve been counting down in anticipation until this limited series was officially released and with that anticipation comes high expectations. Thankfully, even with that Herculean level of build up, the comic not only meets expectation but surpasses them in every way. The Snagglepuss Chronicles is emotionally poignant, brutally honest, and utterly brilliant.

Russell is a master satirist as we’ve seen with his work on Prez, The Flintstones, and more. Much like The Flintstones, Russell is using Snagglepuss in unexpected ways, making him gay, a playwright, and throwing him the middle of the Red Scare of the 50s. Also like The Flintstones’ deft take on current issues like the election, misogyny, toxic masculinity, the treatment of veterans, and religion, this too feels timely as the United States is in the middle of a second “Red Scare.”

While The Flintstones used humor, Snagglepuss seems to instead focus on the emotional punch because while it has been made clear that Snagglepuss is gay in the lead up, he’s very much closeted in the comic. Being gay and in entertainment in the 1950s was a sure way to get yourself investigated by the McCarthy witch hunt, led by a conservative streak we’re seeing rise again today. While struggles for the LGBTQ community still exist, Russell reminds us about how far we’ve come as Snagglepuss sneaks around to experience honest love but also setting this revelation at the Stonewall Inn, the site of riots 16 years later, a historical site recognized and event recognized as a major turning point in the gay rights movement. There’s no doubt there’s symbolism in the location chosen as this is the moment Snagglepuss “comes out” to the reader and the location is used to tell the tale of the struggle of gay individuals in this time period. Entertaining and smart with every minute detail adding to the rich and heartbreaking story.

Russell is helped with the art by Mike Feehan whose style fits the time period and evokes imagery we’d expect with a flair of The Great Gatsby. But, what Feehan does that’s most impressive is blend this world of human and animal to the point it works and you don’t even think about it. No matter how silly the situation, it feels natural and just works. You can see an example of that to the left where both a human and giant pink cat are dressed up as dogs for a play. The concept is so out there but nothing about it seems odd as you get going.

There’s also something to the art adding to the plot of a closeted individual who’s about to be outed. The animal as human can easily be interpreted as stand-ins for obfuscation about the truth of who we are and how we present. It’ll be interesting to see how both the story and art continue in this direction, if they continue. The art adds to the concept that we are more than what we see at the outermost level.

The downside of Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 is that it sets up such high expectations not only for itself, but everything else we might expect in 2018. That’s the trouble with going first, if you’re as good as this is, everything else has to measure up and very little will.

Story: Mark Russell Art: Mike Feehan
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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