Comic Book Review: Attaboy (2021)

June 12, 2021

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Artist extraordinaire Tony McMillen (creator of the horror effects biz/coming of age tale Serious Creatures that every, single one of you monster mother fuckers need on your beastly bookshelves right away) is getting ready to launch a Kickstarter campaign to get his latest creation, the ’80s video game influenced Attaboy in your hairy lil’ hands, and he just so happened to grant yours cruelly an advanced look-see at his tale of advanced robots and the perils of fatherhood…
Presented in an over-sized “treasury” format, Attaboy relates the tale of the eponymous robot boy; the creation of a kindly scientist and a soon-to-turn rogue Motherboard, who must stand against a fleet of mechanical menaces. It’s also about exploring the existence of a game that might be completely hallucinatory (even the name of the games supposed creators, Alucinari offers credence to this)… and I haven’t gotten to the juicy part yet cats n’ creeps!
At it’s center, Attaboy is a story of a boy from a broken home that lost himself in a fantasy world of video games to cope, although the fractured world he has created is nothing more than a cracked mirror version of his own… but here he can influence things… perhaps change them for the better… or maybe the game is real and he’s a fuckin’ nutter… read it for your own damn selves and decide!
Speaking of Tony; that mother fucker McMillen is a master illustrator with a style all of his own… expressionistic, nostalgia-laden, and all around rad-ass awesome! He’s easily one of my favorite creators working in comics, and definitely one of the most unique storytellers by a damn sight!
Simply put, Attaboy is Freud by way of Mega Man and it is absolutely stellar!

*I have provided work for some of Tony’s other publications, but that in no way influenced this review… so suck it.

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