The end of my summer happened during the last days of August, but the end of my summer reading ends with this graphic novel, Rawhide Kid: Slap Leather. Now, I’ve heard controversial reviews about this graphic novel as it takes an old character from the 1950s and update him to make him completely gay. Gay must have been taboo back in 2003 because it’s labeled under Marvel’s MAX imprint with explicit content. Now, I have no qualms with any of its background, but after reading it and finding absolutely nothing risqué about the comic, then I’m just puzzled. I can’t say that I liked this novel because the humor is in bad taste. Ron Zimmerman (a writer for the Howard Stern Show) wrote tremendously bad scenes as everyone calls the sheriff a pussy after being shot and appearances of George Bush and his acts of terrorism. What’s more appalling is that Rawhide Kid speaks like a typical gay stereotype with no personality depth. He insults women into picking a better dress, he yells out “booorrrinng” and “honey,” and he speaks gay innuendos that nobody realizes. If Marvel was trying to make a good three-dimensional gay character, then they failed. Luckily, they’re redeemed with other better characters like Northstar, Hulking, Wicca, Rictor, and Shatterstar. The only validation this series has was that the artist drew the character way back in the 1950s. That helps only a little.
My Rating: D+