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A Review By: Grovel

Grovel is the UK-based web site of graphic novel news and reviews.

Paul Gravett is back, this time with Peter Stanbury, casting his deep-thinking, analytical mind over some of comics’ biggest questions. However, despite the fact that scholarly Gravett is usually found pondering the cultural impact of manga or the link between superheroes and war-time propaganda, this book reveals his other side: a lover of comic books’ ability to shock and surprise.

Holy Sh*t isn’t (perhaps unfortunately) an anthology of comics like Gravett’s cracking Mammoth Book of Crime Comics, but instead offers covers, descriptions and sneak peaks at some of comics’ more depraved moments. Amputee Love, Tales from the Leather Nun and Trucker Fags in Denial grace its pages, leaving you (depending on your outlook on life) either thirsty for more comic madness, or quietly quite pleased that most of the comics discussed never made it to the big time.


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1001 Comics  You Must Read Before You Die edited by Paul Gravett

Comics Art by Paul Gravett from Tate Publishing

Comics Unmasked by Paul Gravett and John Harris Dunning from The British Library

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