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Rambo 3.5
posted May 6, 2010


Creator: Jim Rugg
Publishing Information: Self-Published, mini-comic, 28 pages, cost unknown
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This is a Jim Rugg mini-comic -- his first in years, he tells us -- that debuted at the Midwestern comics show SPACE and should be a part of the well-traveled Rugg's table offerings for the rest of 2010. It uses as its springboard the fact that in the third John Rambo movie he fought Soviets on the side of Afghanistan rebels whose number in the real world included Osama Bin Laden, but it's only a springboard. Mostly what you get is the infantile previous president's child-like social interaction with the dumb-as-ammo John Rambo character via cartooning that shifts style in a way reminiscent of Bill Sienkiewicz's 1980s pastiches on a similar group of scoundrels. A lot of it is amusing, and a more general point that can't help but sneak in that those in power might conceive of that power in almost fictional terms rather than real-world ones is always welcome. As for its depiction of President George W. Bush, in his defense I had much more infantile dreams right after 9/11 than even this one.