Review: ‘MuZz, Vol. 1’ by FSc

Andrew Wheeler

Andrew Wheeler spent 16 years as a book club editor, most notably for the Science Fiction Book Club, and has been a judge for the 2005 World Fantasy Awards and the 2009 Eisner Awards. He is now Marketing Manager for John Wiley & Sons.

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5 Responses

  1. Russ Rogers says:

    The Muzz preview is here: It's 228 pages and looks to be in black and white. Is the story is self contained or is there is a cliff hanger at the end of 200+ pages? Will we need (or want) to wait for Vol. 2?

    • Andrew Wheeler says:

      It is in black and white — if that makes a difference.I don't know how many volumes are planned, but "Vol. 1" in the title is generally a big clue that the story isn't over — and that's the case here.

      • Russ Rogers says:

        Yeah, black and white makes a difference. I'm 46 years old and I still prefer my comics in color. For instance, I prefer the colorized version of "Bone" to the original black and white. Now, the full color "Sin City" stories I've seen have made me appreciate the limited color stuff even more. So it's not a hard and fast rule.Three specific things I like to know about a book, especially if I'm going to buy it on line, sight unseen. How long is it? Is it in color? And is it self contained? Meaning, am I going to have to buy multiple issues or multiple crossover issues for the story to make sense? Those questions say nothing really about the quality of the book, but they do affect how I perceive the value of the book.

  2. Anonymous says:

    "The creator styles herself FSc – her full name is Foo Swee Chin, which might drive me to use initials, too"why? because asian names are too difficult for you? because people just aren't used to asian names, so why make them try? what a strange comment to make in your review. definitely unqualified, potentially racist. try again, please.

    • Russ Rogers says:

      Hmm. Is Foo Swee Chin's use of the pseudonym "FSc" potentially racist? An artist has the right to call themselves what they want. But Foo Swee Chin doesn't even use initials, "F.S.C.", she goes for a more original creation, "FSc." Why? Is it because she assumed Asian names might be too difficult for the English reading public? Is that a racist assumption about English readers? Is it because English readers aren't used to Asian names, so why make them try? Are Foo Swee Chin's own motives potentially RACIST? Or is it because having an Asian name, like "Foo Swee Chin," on the cover of a graphic novel might give the impression that the comic was originally written in another language and translated into English? To make a possibly unqualified and potentially racist statement: those translated comics can sometimes have very clumsy and confusing grammar. Sometimes you even have to read the pages from right to left even!Look, Foo Swee Chin has the right to call herself whatever she wants without us looking for dire motives. In the same vein, Andrew Wheeler [sounds like Speed Racers cousin] has the right to make an innocuous aside in a very well rounded review and NOT have some ANONYMOUS [what kind of name is that!] critic make statements about things being definitely unqualified or potentially racist. Those are big accusations to make based on very little evidence. Your ANONYMOUS comment [and at least Andrew Wheeler and FSc had the balls to sign their work] is definitely unqualified and potentially incendiary. Try again, please.