Reset #1 Review
Reset is…different. That’s all I can say, but being different isn’t a bad thing. In fact, different may not even be the right word to describe Reset #1 or all of Peter Bagge‘s work; unique is probably more appropriate. Jim down at Cosmic Comics! enlightened me on Bagge’s work and it ultimately lead to me studying Bagge and helped me understand the book better.
Reset #1 is supposed to be a dark comedy and I’m usually pretty into the dark comedies, but something about Reset #1 was almost too depressing, even for me. The story’s protagonist is Guy Krause, an out of work stand up comedian who has dropped out of the limelight over the past few years. He’s propositioned by a scientific firm as a “guinea pig” for a new “alternate-virtual-reality” helmet and that’s where the story naturally becomes interesting.
Reset is dialog heavy and character driven. The art is what you would expect from Peter Bagge; elastic-like with over exaggerated motions. Think of it as a 1940’s static cartoon or actors on a Broadway stage. For the first issue of Reset, I thought it less like the possibly intended dark comedy and more like an ongoing television drama. Bits of comedy here and there, but it’s mostly about the struggling Krause and his ever present personal issues. People who enjoy “real life” drama in their comic books or obvious fans of Peter Bagge will like this 4 part mini series.