Writers: Christa Faust & Gary Phillips
Artist: Andrea Camerini
Publisher: Titan Comics
Alright, so Peepland #1 has been out for a few weeks already. But, during my most recent run to my local comic shop, I had a few extra bucks to spend. I can’t remember the last time that happened thanks to $4 and $5comics.
Anyways, with a few extra bucks in my pocket I thought about trying something new. I looked around for a bit and then I spotted the first issue of Peepland from Titan Comics. And hey. a first issue is always a good place to start, right?
This issue starts in the streets of Times Square New York in 1986. According to this comic, Times Square was a different place in those days, it was a cesspool of porn theatres, peep shows and hookers. Here we find pornographer Dirty Dick (seriously, that’s his name) as he’s being chased down by a pair of thugs who want what he’s carrying: an incriminating VHS tape. If you don’t know what that is, that means I’m really old.
Dick runs into the eponymous strip-club where we are introduced to two more characters; a girl named AJ, and stripper going by the name Roxy. In a desperate move, Dick passes the tape to Roxy for safekeeping, unaware of the danger he’s put her in. It isn’t lonwho also want the tape and won’t stop until they get it.
The world of comics could use a good, adult, crime book. And I really wanted to like Peepland, I really did. But this debut issue was a big let down for me. There just isn’t much to the story other than highlighting some of the more salacious aspects of the 1980’s. The dialogue is overloaded with expletives in places where it’s not needed. And I get that a book called Peepland is going to have nudity, but some of the other stuff wasn’t really necessary.
The saving grace is the art by Andrea Camerini who does a superb job with little details., She puts in a little bit of everything in this book, from stains inside a theatre to some background vintage posters for the era like “I Spit On Your Grave.”
I think there is a place in comics for Titan’s crime line. However, if they want to bring in new readers like me, they need more than expletives and random nudity. If that’s all I wanted to see and hear, I’d rather watch HBO.