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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