Sunday, June 12, 2005

Teenagers From Mars - Rick Spears and Rob G

If you want to know what a teenager is thinking about, read Teenagers From Mars. If you are a teenager, read Teenagers From Mars. You will recognize your freinds or maybe even yourself.

Mars is not a planet. It's a smallish rural town that is just big enought to have a thinly disguised Walmart and a comicbook store. The main characters are dissatisfied with their environment, oppressive, and their lives, oppressed.

Now I don't mean to say that all teenagers are out there grave robbing and joining the CBLA (Comic Book Liberation Army), but they are definately pissed off about most of what they see and hear. They probably won't stage a raid on City Hall and hog tie the mayor and invite horrible indignities on his person, but they might just be thinking about it.

There have been a lot of comic books out lately about teenage dissatisfaction. Most of them have been of the goth/fantasy persuasion. Teenagers From Mars is fiction to be sure, over the top and melodramatic is places, but it feels true. And the locations and situations could exist in your town. At least it feels like how I remember being a teenager. I didn't have tattoos and piercings, but I would if I were a teenager now.

Rick and Rob have nailed it here. Give them their dues. Go out and buy a copy of Teenagers From Mars and read it. Now.


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