Brik Hauss

 BRIH   (Blackthorne, 1987)

™ and ©1987 Blackthorne Publishing Inc.

Self-publishing is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s managed to bring greats like Jeff Smith, Robert Crumb and Dave Simm to the limelight. On the other hand, it’s cluttered the industry with titles best left in the ethereal realm of ideas, never having wasted the time or money necessary to produce the final product. Such is the case with Blackthorne Publishing’s Brik Hauss.

The year is 2020 and the world has become a place where private enterprises rule, public policy rots by the wayside and the dollar is king. In this greedy megalopolis, only the best collections agents can maintain law and order. Enter Brik Hauss and his chauffeur Bobby. Together, the two work as agents for hire, bringing down the evil and corrupt at every turn.

While the premise is somewhat promising, poorly written and underdeveloped stories read more like a “Dick and Jane” book, rather than a comic with social commentary. Basic artwork adds to the overall confusion, making it difficult to discern whether the stories are meant as comedies or are just plain not working.

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