So, in case you missed it earlier this evening, my second INKED column for GirlGamer.com posted today! I have to say, I love it when I can showcase my talented friends to the world. This week, I review Colin Raskine’s debut graphic novel, The Unprofessionals: A Sociopathic Bromance, which he co-created with Alexis Cruz who, aside from being really talented is also really good people.
What becomes clear, however, is that while Leo does all of the initial prodding, his ideas speak to Jake. He doesn’t ever have to prod Jake all that hard to get him to do some pretty unspeakable things. What is it about these guys, guys who look like any other college-aged guys in New York City, that drives them to choose “ninja assassin” as a profession? There is an undercurrent of rage simmering inside both of them, and the interplay between them as they navigate that, each with their own defense mechanisms (Jake with his over-cautiousness, Leo with his relentless risk-taking), makes this story relevant. What makes the story enjoyable is the fact that these guys are genuinely good friends, and we see how intimately they know each other and how much they care about each other without it being the butt of a joke or brushed off covered in irony. They’re sarcastic and ironic about a lot of things, but their friendship is never one of them. There have been a lot of “bromances” in recent years – most of them films directed by Judd Apatow – but this one has killing in it!
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