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The Unfunnies #2

Posted: Friday, March 5, 2004
By: Iain Burnside

Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Anthony Williams

Publisher: Avatar Press

It's hard to know what to say about Unfunnies. It is the beer-bellied jailbird younger brother to it's two older and more succesful siblings - the Hollywood diva Wanted and the critically acclaimed Chosen. Following on from the first issue's rampage of offence and weirdness, some sense of a narrative begins to seep through. Apparently a murderous paedophile has seeped through from our world, via Hell, to the bizarre Hanna-Barbra on acid world of crack-whore penguins and fetish-freak beagles. That's basically it as far as plot development is concerned. What Millar gives us instead is an even bigger rampage of more offensive weirdness.

Let's see, there's the alligator who decides to have a post-natal abortion on her ten year-old daughter who is running out of control, dealing class A narcotics to her classmates. Then there's the aforementioned beagle, who seemingly likes nothing better than to be belittled and effectively neutered by paying the afforementioned crack whore top dollar to pretend to be his estranged wife. Separate beds and meals, naturally. Our beloved (?) penguin protagonist (??) from issue one is still here, languishing in jail for looking up kiddie porn on the internet. Then there's the too-cute-to-be-true little chicken wandering around with a rather imaginative arsenal of deeply offensive swear words for everyone he meets. There are also a few new characters who turn up, none of whom are even slightly memorable, but one of them does use the phrase "darn tootin'" and so must be treated as the coolest thing on the planet. Bar Johnny Depp. And if Depp was on the Unfunnies planet then he'd probably be an alcoholic sparrow busking to raise cash for a quick pint.

It's that kind of story, really. There is no rhyme or reason to it. It simply seems to exist to enable Millar to put down all the terrible ideas he dreams up that would be too far-fetched or offensive for more mainstream titles like The Ultimates or The Authority. And going by his standards, that's saying something. At the end of the day, you'll already know if you can get this unique brand of humour or not. If you watch shows like Family Guy or South Park and find them too odd then run away now and pick up something more suited to your tastes. If you can stomach it, you'll get some good cheap laughs, marvel at Millar for having such imagination AND for having the balls to put this out there, then wander what the hell he was smoking and where you can get some...

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