By Leroy Douresseaux
April 23, 2007 - 16:12
Feeble Attempts starts off a bit slow because of the material at the beginning, but there are some true gems in here. The eight-page “Cycloctopus vs. Quantum Mechanic” superhero tale here is indicative of Brown’s deft touch with old-fashioned Silver Age super heroes that read as if they came from the Golden Age. It’s rife with Stan Lee-like pseudo scientific babble, but the story has a feel of an old pulp tale. Pair that with the two-pager, “My Jesus is an Awesome Jesus,” and you’ve justified at least half the cover price.
There are also a few relationship shorts in here, and they’re as good as Brown’s other boyfriend/girlfriend tales. They, however, pale in comparison to “My Conspiracy to not Sell You the New ‘Garden State’ DVD,” which, like the film Clerks, should ring a painful but funny bell with anyone who has worked a minimum wage-type sales job. Actually, Feeble Attempts gets better in its second half. I didn’t know that Brown did politics, but after reading “2004 Year in Review,” I hope he does it again.