We Are Comic Reviewers

Join us on our quest for ALL THE COMICS!

Polarity #1 Review


Polarity, written by Say Anything’s Max Bemis with art by Jorge Coelho delves into the bi-polar mind of Timothy Woods. Timothy has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, after a near fateful accident that occurred during one of Timothy’s manic episodes (he believed he was God and tried to part the red sea of traffic). The rest of the comic explores Timothy’s perception of life on medicine, and finally his relapse. The kicker is, while Timothy may be certifiably mentally ill, he may actually have super powers.

I was concerned that this title would add attempt to glam up to mental illness. However, much of the material used in the comic is drawn from Bemis’s own life. He has had his struggles with mental illness, and the issue reads realistically. Wood’s life on medication may seem dull, but his spiral back into a manic phase is not presented as something to be desired. The added element of potential super powers is intriguing, but we’ll have to wait until next issue to see how it plays into the madness.

Concerns about the representation of mental illness aside, the writing of this book is absolutely stellar. I was immensely impressed with a panel at the beginning where Timothy shares a bonding moment with his bestie, an “awww” moment that’s sometimes hard to pull off seriously between two male buddies. My favorite panel of the comic though has to be when Timothy is spiraling, decides he is Jesus, and starts naming his apostles after characters in Judd Apatow movies.

The book is a thoroughly enjoyable hectic ride, with touches of warm fuzzies, absurdity, laughs and violence – all the marks of a manic romp. The only downside is the brief drop into depression when you realize that a) there are only going to be 4 issues and b) you have to put the book down.


2 comments on “Polarity #1 Review

  1. Pingback: Comic Picks of the Week! | We Are Comic Reviewers

  2. Pingback: What can You do for the Comics Industry? | Strong {Female} Protagonist

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on April 4, 2013 by in Boom Studios, Polarity and tagged , , , , .


Follow us on Twitter!

Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

%d bloggers like this: