by Brandon Graham
Published by Tokyopop
Slugline: The future of slackerdom is full of strange tech and cool cats.
The art has a retro feel and it's set in a future that is weirdly different, yet the characters are completely human and familiar. Joe and his cat, and his friend Peter who wears Mexican wrestling masks, hack their way through life doing errands and odd jobs on the fringes of organized gangs and larger evils. Joe's ex-girlfriend Anna and her new boyfriend make cameo appearances that are sure to be a set-up for later adventures.
The cat in particular is a bit of strange, unexplained fun that must be taken at face value or not at all: the cat is alien, smart, and with a juice injection can do almost anything. In fact, a great deal goes unexplained in King City, but since our characters are so easy to get along with, I'm quite willing to wait until later volumes.
This is an OEL book, left-to-right reading, and the art is a funky manga-by-way-of-R. Crumb that contributes to this book's quirky science-fiction flavor. I'm pretty annoyed that Amazon doesn't have a cover to show you. Hey, T'pop, fix that!
King City vol. 1 is also available from Right Stuf, Intl., an online retailer specializing in anime and manga.