GUNNING FOR HITS #3 under Review
Behind every fake smile is a deeper story. Gunning for Hits #3 is where the deeper story begins as men in declining power plot to gain back what they have lost. Woe to those he uses as his tools to achieve his goal.
In Gunning for Hits, as much as the real world, everyone is plotting and manipulating to either gain new power or regain back what they have lost. You can get lost in a web of conceit and duplicity where the worm turns so many times you have no idea whom it is turning for.
Another lyric symbolism that could reflect the feel of this issue is from the Dead Boys!
(Jeff uses Guns and Roses excellent and excellently chosen “Out to Get Me”)
High Tension Wire
“Been living too fast Got my head on full throttle As I scream and scour In the bottom of a bottle Can’t stand up honey Got my tongue on the floor Living out a dream About the third world war Time warp baby That’s where I live Time warp honey Something’s gotta give Feeling tonight like my Brain is on fire Don’t touch me tonight I’m a high tension wire”
One can’t predict the futures not taken. And in Gunning for Hits, I think it is the past that will take the present for a detour and shake things up.
Everyone is hiding secrets. In this third issue, we start finding out some. And each of the player’s secrets are buried in the past and surely will uproot future issues.
Jeff’s back matter is as always interesting. I know how some of what Jeff writes about is written. I managed bands during the ’90s. One band, in particular, I managed to get into a meeting with the owner of an umbrella of 5 mid-sized labels. The band failed to show up. Sad but true, with emphasis on sad and true.
The majority of the bands I managed were their own worst enemy. Whatever success could have come their way didn’t as a result. As a manager, I reached only a certain level in the hierarchy of Jeffs tell-tale of the industry. I can only personally relate to the first part of what he wrote about. I can, though, point to people I know who can relate to the rest.
Bands who make it through success intact, friends, and better for the worse are rare. It will be interesting to see where Stunted Growth end up in thier goal of Gunning for Hits! Jeff continues to hit on the truth of the industry. So much so, I’m left wondering how much of the fiction of a mirror of reality to which Jeff himself lived.
Gunning for Hits Music Thriller Issue THREE Written by Jeff Rougvie and features art from Moritat. Casey Silver on colors and lettering. Published by Image Comics. On Sale Mar 13, 2019
Back for more! You can read my review of Gunning for Hits issue #1 and issue #2. Behind every fake smile is a deeper story. Gunning for Hits #3 is where the deeper story begins as men in declining power plot to gain back what they have lost. Woe to...Joeseph Simonjoeseph.firstname.lastname@example.orgAuthorComic books have been a natural part of my life. I have collected them for as long as I can remember. I had thoughts of creating them when I was young. This would lead to managing a comic book store. I even worked a route for the distributor Capital City Comics. In the 90's I wrote a story for Caliber Press' Thumbscrews #3. I had a variety of comics published in the small press. I also started an indie press and released a few prose novels from known independent fiction authors. During the early 2000's I owned two pop culture stores that sold comics. I wrote interviews, reviews, and articles about the comic industry. I never stopped. My work here at First Comic News is an example of that. Being able to participate in the industry like this is super cool. I can spread comic book love, knowledge, and fun far and wide. A few years ago I had plans to do more with comics, writing and publishing. Just as I planned to hit the big launch button my body decided to take a different path. Boom! I had heart disease and my plans were put on hold while I recovered. 2019 is when that changes. My youthful thoughts of creating comics were realized in the 90's. Now, with age, life experience, and wisdom that all brings, I'll realize where I can take comics and my writing to!First Comics News