Virgil

Virgil Betrayed beaten and banished by his own an outed cop fights his way across Jamaica for revenge

  • Title: Virgil
  • Author: Steve Orlando J.D. Faith Chris Beckett
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Betrayed, beaten, and banished by his own, an outed cop fights his way across Jamaica for revenge

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    1. Here’s the entire pitch for Virgil – are you ready? It’s kinda mind-blowing: a standard revenge thriller where the hero… is GAY! And when I say “standard”, boy, is this comic standard – bog standard! That could basically be the entire review but let’s pull on this thread a bit more and see what we can unravel. Read the full review over at Need to Consume here!

    2. Basic revenge plot which doesn't offer much in term of creativity apart the fact that the main character is gay. Virgil is violently outed, left for dead then he comes back with a mean-ass attitude to get his man back. I can deal with this plot, seen a zillion times, I can't when Virgil takes on a whole precinct on a Terminator mode. Then it just gets ridiculous. Art is ok but just that, kinda redeemed by flashy colours.Certainly not the gay book of the decade

    3. As self described, this is a queersploitation revenge tale. A very action paced, gritty story that tells a tale of revenge about a cop whose boyfriend is kidnapped. This story try's to tackle the question of what is it like living in a world that is against you and you must hide the most important aspects of your being. Good art. Good story telling.

    4. The book often feels rushed. It could have done with a few 10-15 more pages I felt. Still, aside from one strange page I still don't comprehend, this was an arresting work. Orlando went out of his way to create an immersive atmosphere, placing the dialogue and characters firmly in Kingston. He was aiming for "queersploitation" and I think he met that aim and then some. Like I said, the story feels a bit rushed in places, but all the highlights of the genre, from chilling one liners to cathartic [...]

    5. We need more queer/black epics of revenge. Virgil was a short read, but engaging throughout. Beautifully tragic artwork and a kick ass protagonist. Definitely challenges the status quo of male masculinity. Five stars!

    6. Virgil surely is an interesting piece! It was a great decision to base this is Jamaica and make the protagonist cop gay. Virgil is about revenge, how the other cops learn Virgil is gay and decide to punish him for sucking cock. They take Virgil's boyfriend Ervan and Virgil goes on a rampage killing basically everyone. The whole revenge part isn't the most interesting thing for the reason that it's quite cliched and it doesn't offer anything new, really. Instead the memories of Virgil and Ervan t [...]

    7. I really wanted to love this graphic novel. Maybe it's because it's a stand alone but I just couldn't connect with the characters like I wanted. Sometimes the dialogue felt weird and I wasn't sure exactly what people were talking about. The panels didn't flow well nor did they make it clear enough when things were flashbacks; sometimes they did make it clear they were flashbacks but other times don't really.So I gave it a 2 as in "it was okay". I'm happy to have a comic with a LGBT/MOGAI protago [...]

    8. The concept, background and main character are definitely interesting as queer, black, Caribbean characters are not found everywhere in comics/graphic novels. Sadly, very little attention was paid to the authenticity of the language. It was nowhere close to the Jamaican dialect. This made an exciting setting for the story instantly disappointing. (Where some casual research became apparent was with the inclusion of the J-Flag organization and the style of police uniforms.)The story also wobbles [...]

    9. Brutal and gritty, this is a basic revenge action thriller, but having the protagonist essentially be fighting homophobia personified(view spoiler)[--literally having to fight his former comrades in arms on the police force to save his lover-- (hide spoiler)]makes it somehow more interesting and riveting. Both the tropes of the revenge thriller genre itself are more starkly questioned and the stakes seem more powerful. Extremely violent.

    10. I loved this, while it doesn't deviate from the standard revenge plot I love it for its simplicity and the fact that Virgil is willing to go through Hell to get his man back. Yes people are complaining that it doesn't bring anything new to table but people are willing to shell out money to see Taken rehashed multiple times and seem to have no problem with that so :/

    11. This is not a happy book, despite the (view spoiler)[happy ending (hide spoiler)]. If blacksploitation is your kind of thing, this will be your kind of thing. If you don't have much stomach for violence, less so.

    12. A good, self-contained story set in Kingston, Jamaica, where a closeted gay cop is ousted by homophobes and he spends the story fighting everyone in his path to get his boyfriend back. Short and to the point.

    13. Meh. That about sums up my feelings on this book. Virgil is the story of a gay police officer in Jamaica that gets outed, is beaten and left for dead, and goes on a killing spree.This book does a great job of shining a light on how gays can be treated in society, whether intentionally or not. It's disturbing to see how quickly these characters turn on each other mostly because I could see it happening, although probably without the same level of violence shown in the book. For all that, I felt l [...]

    14. Cuando Orlando logre desarrollar mínimamente un personaje para que sea algo más que un tópico mal usado, llamadme. Quería que este tebeo me gustara, de hecho tenía todos los ingredientes para que me encantara, pero este es el tercer intento que le doy a Orlando y me hace siempre lo mismo. Premisa curiosa como mucho, personajes cliché con los que es imposible empatizar a ningún nivel y trama mal desarrollada sin ritmo ninguno.Siempre se arropa de dibujantes excelentes y aquí pasa igual. U [...]

    15. Revenge Fantasy Combined with LGBT Concerns to Create Queersploitation?!Virgil, a graphic novel about an outed gay Jamaican cop, is a mediocre graphic novel in terms of art, narrative structure, and dialogue, but it is still worth reading because of the unusual issues raised by using the conventional narrative of a violent, hyper-masculine revenge thriller as a very simplistic bare-bones plot with one MAJOR exception: The main character is a gay man. I am led to an ethical conflict. On the one h [...]

    16. This is described as "queersploitation." It's your basic revenge fantasy. A Jamaican (Aside: I'm fascinated that my spellchecker suggests "Jamaican necromancer" for that last word. To the best of my knowledge, until just now, I have never typed those words in that order before. Is this so common a phrase that it's in the default dictionary? Weird. Anyway, back to the review ) police officer is part of a group that goes around shaking down drug dealers and pocketing the extra money. It is discove [...]

    17. This book is touted as "queersplotation" and it hits that mark squarely. However, I feel like I would've enjoyed it more if it were a film or if I was queer. It's really a boilerplate revenge story and the exploitation genre is only enticing when the subject is bombastic and the story goes off the rails. This one doesn't.One problem I had was pacing. The inside cover (or front cover depending on the version you're reading) shows Virgil climbing out from under a pile of bodies. Brutal. Amazing. B [...]

    18. I'm not sure why so many other people weren't able to connect with Virgil, but I personally loved the crap out of it. For anyone in the LGBTQ community who have been well acquainted with their share of bullying and unnecessary violence, you'll find something to relate to here for sure. Only unlike us in the real world, Virgil can go on a motherclucking bloody rampage to save his boyfriend and avenge his friends. It's all done in such a cinematic way and the art is so gritty, it easily recalls Fo [...]

    19. I'm not rating this book because my experience of it is not a fair representation to the book. I don't like exploitation films and I'm ambivalent toward Jamaica and gay culture. So reading a book that is avowedly trying to start up 'queersploitation' is not something that's going to work well with me. It was an extremely unpleasant read; the plot is exploitation genre beat for beat, and the art was such that I couldn't keep track of the characters among the myriad extra bodies thrown in as targe [...]

    20. A Jamaican cop, who gets caught in a relationship with his boyfriend suffers severe persecution, and the death of his supportive friends, then in an epic tale of revenge he doles out justice upon both thug and officer alike to rescue his love, and avenge their friends' deaths. I enjoyed how this comic actually attempts to touch upon the persecution of Queer peoples, especially in landscapes which have no sanctions to protect them, but I honestly found the gratuitous revenge on heteronorms a litt [...]

    21. It's pretty much a bog standard revenge story, but the added twist is that the antihero of the piece is a gay Jamaican cop who's outed by his partner and almost murdered by the men in his precinct. There's some social commentary implicit in the story as well, in that it's set in the notoriously homophobic Jamaican culture (one that I partly grew up in, and while I was aware of the homophobia, I never got a sense that it was as over the top violent as depicted here.)I've given the book high marks [...]

    22. I quite enjoyed Steve Orlando's self styled queersploitation graphic novel, I just wish that JD Faith's art was on the same level. Especially give the absolutely amazing title page art from Chaz Truog, Faith's art just felt really rough and unfinished (and Chris Beckett's blocky colours don't necessarily help there either, although with more detailed art, I think they could have been great). In fact, more than once throughout the book I was confused about which character was the titular Virgil.T [...]

    23. The term queersploitation couldn't be more apt in this simple, elegant revenge tale. I imagine that some will take issue with the violence and hateful language, but if you consider the precedent set by the giants of the blaxploitation / revenge genre, this is on point. I like the earthy colour palette, which lends itself to the Jamaica locale and helps Virgil stand out from other graphic novels. Although the taunts by Virgil's adversaries grow a little taxing, they're unfortunately pretty repres [...]

    24. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you're into blaxploitation films (think Harder They Come or Jackie Brown or Across 110th Street) this is a fantastic modern take with a twist. Orlando nails the nostalgia here, but adds a touch (with an appropriately heavy hand to keep the homage honest) of heart in his self-proclaimed queersploitation book. Loved it. A few reviewers noted it's a fairly typical revenge tale with the only alteration being the protagonist being a gay black man. I find myself pret [...]

    25. Wow. I don't know. I am not at all familiar with this genre and don't usually go for this amount of violence. This title was on a list of Best Queer Graphic Novels of 2015 or something like that, and I purchase-suggested it at the library without reading the descriptionI offer all that explanation because this work is probably notable and/or important for reasons I don't understand, and I don't think I'm the right person to review it. But for what it's worth, I didn't like this. Actually, I'll s [...]

    26. "A queersploitation revenge tale" following a Jamaican cop's rampage after he's outed and left for dead. It's not the deepest story ever, but that's not really the genre this is in conversation with, and the parts are all perfectly in place - from the visceral emotional reactions and the bloodshed they fuel, to the layouts and colouring which juxtapose a disco-tinted memory of love with the pitiless light of the present. As Django Unchained to slavery, so Virgil to homophobia.

    27. 8/10 -- a surprisingly beautiful read! While the core story isn't new (a lover's revenge), the execution, I feel, is exceptional. Virgil as a character is compelling and believable, and the art works equally with the text to tell the story. The latter is something that I think many of us (myself included!) take for granted in this era of amazing comic art, but I've read so many comics lately where the art doesn't work as well that I especially noticed just how thoughtful the art was in VIRGIL.

    28. How far would you go to save the one you love who was violently taken from you? Would you move mountains? Would you be willing to kill? This graphic novel explores this man battling not only people who he once considered colleagues and friends but the crushing weight of a homophobic system out to take away his very humanity. Virgil was having no part of it. He was going to save his boyfriend by any means necessary! And I was there to cheer him on every step of the way!

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