Kern, Gail – The End is Here!

April 27, 2010

Good Minnesotans website


The End is Here!

OK, I’m technically not sure which part of that cover is the title, so I’m using my all-powerful (over my own website) status to give it the shorter title.  Which is subject to correction from the creator, which means that I’m not so all-powerful after all, not even over this website.  Oh well.  Gail is another, um, “graduate” of the Good Minnesotan anthologies, or would be a graduate if they had a school.  This is her first solo comic and is the start of a series of her adapting the last, craziest book of the Bible: Revelations.  It’s a great idea for a series, one that I’m surprised hasn’t been tried before (that I know of), as there’s a ton of vivid visual imagery in that book that is wildly open to interpretation.  Actually, Minnesotans, if you ever run out ideas for anthologies, you might want to give that a shot: have everybody do their own interpretation of Revelations.   I’m not going to go into the actual story, as it’s easy enough to find on your own (there are at least a few websites that have the entire Bible online), but I will talk about the comic, as that is what I do here.  I particularly enjoyed Gail’s version of John (the author of Revelations) scrawling the book, nude, on a prison wall.  It sums up the general sanity of the book rather well.  Her version of God looks like a cross between Albert Einstein and the lead singer from Kiss which, come to think of it, is probably about right.  Actually, reading over it again the God figure may be the alien in an Elvis costume. Hard to say really.  This issue also has the 4 Horsemen of the apocalypse and, without giving anything away, pretty much sums up their essence.  There’s much more to come in this series (in theory), but Gail is off to a good start.  I’m looking forward to the tales of destruction yet to come.  No price, but let’s say $2.