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Month of LGBT Comics – Glamazonia the Uncanny Super-Tranny

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books with LGBT themes (LGBT standing for “Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender”), based on submissions from the creators of the comic books themselves. Here is an archive of the comics featured so far!

The month continues with Justin Hall’s charmingly absurd (and decidedly off the beaten path) Glamazonia the Uncanny Super-Tranny

Perhaps the number one thing that makes Justin Hall’s Glamazonia work is the sheer sense of geniality that exudes from Hall’s work. This is the sort of comic that, in the hands of someone trying to do something cynical, it would just come off as just foul, wretched even. Luckily, Hall is completely committed to the concept of a “super-tranny,” and he puts it out there without any sort of ill will or negative feelings – this is just intended as a fun, offbeat comic book about a goofy super-tranny named Glamazonia.

Once you realize that he is committed to the bit, the book is just a barrel of bizarre laughs, including this story, which is probably the longest single story in Hall’s collection, which is over 120 full-color pages!!! In this story, Jimmy Olsen (or his twin) investigates whether Glamazonia had anything to do with the Kennedy assassination…

What follows is some off-the-wall antics, the likes of which you’d rarely ever see. How about Che Guevara and Fidel Castro naked, for one? How about Glamazonia bursting out of a giant pie in the Oval Office, for another? That’s the sort of zaniness you can expect from Hall.

Here’s another example, as we see one of many alternate origins for how Glamazonia came to be…

Pretty funny, huh?

Hall also enlists a ton of top-notch artists to do short Glamazonia bits with him. Here’s Paige Braddock’s contribution…

Perhaps my favorite recurring bit in the book is the way that Glamazonia just shows up unannounced into people’s homes. “Were you using your super-vision to read my diary??!” and in another strip, “Were you spying on me?” “Of course, with all the heroes with x-ray vision out there, there’s a 35% chance that one of us is checking you out at any given time.”

While Hall’s work alone is a blast, it is really in the collaborative works in the back of the volume that the variety gets to the point where the work really stands out as more than just simply a fun read. Some of them are almost hauntingly beautiful (Rent Boy: Year One, in particular, stood out). In any event, that’s the joy of this collection – you get all the over-the-top fun of the stuff by Hall alone, plus you get a pile of different stories by Hall and other creators.

Also, come on, people! Paige Braddock, Robert Kirby, Sarah Oleksyk, Shaenon Garrity and tons more great creators on TOP of the stuff from Hall!

Check out the Glamazonia website for info on how to order this volume, and also for a link to see even MORE preview pages!

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Wow, that is really funny.

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