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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Exactly how much control did the characters have over themselves?
  • Anvilicious: When Birdseed Beatty and her kids find God and seem to get their lives back together, they get literally crushed under an anvil because salvation is a lie and religion can't save you.
  • Bile Fascination: And even then, those who do read it will look back at this comic later on with abject horror.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: Up to Eleven! This may be the darkest black comedy of all time. Some people would say that it crosses the line three times until it's no longer disturbingly funny, just disturbing. Although calling it a "comedy" might be a bit generous. Mark Millar himself said it isn't.
  • Funny Moments:
    • Not in the story, but in one interview Mark Millar gave us this piece of wonder:
      Mark Millar: My wife got about six pages into it when she was reading it in the bath the other night and she just threw it at me. She said it was the most horrible thing she'd ever read in her life and she didn't want to think this sort of shit even went on in my head. I tried to explain that the crow was sucking cock for a REASON, but it actually does sound kind of creepy saying it out loud.
    • Possibly the only joke in the comic itself that lands on its own merits is the introduction to Mr. Pussywhisker, a classy actor who's an Expy of Snagglepuss, as he gears up for a performance.
      Mr. Pussywhisker: Of course they are [waiting for me], you sniveling poltroon! I'm the best there is at what I do!
      [puts on a clown nose with a dead-serious expression]
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  • Moment of Awesome: Birdseed Betty beats her landlord to death after he tells her he wants to molest her kids.
  • Nightmare Fuel: All over the place.
    • An example is a scene when Allie Gator gets kidnapped by Despicable's people in order to get medical termination.
    • Another example strikes in a "yourself in their shoes" situation. Imagine you are one of Hicks' characters, like Sheriff Dribble, and you find out that he's been doing godawful stuff. You try to stop him with all your effort and find it's all in vain because he controls everything you do. And whether it's being sacrificed, killed in gruesome ways, Cold-Blooded Torture, or whatnot, you are completely helpless to stop him.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • What Birdseed Betty goes through in the comic with losing her husband, seeming like she lost her child, and the humiliation and pain she endures in the process.
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    • Moe the Crow going to jail for something he had absolutely no control over, gets raped by a lot of inmates, gets raped by a dog with AIDS, his wife leaves him, and then his family gets massacred. If he doesn't die by the time he finds out, he'll probably just drop dead then and there.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The idea of a Darker and Edgier Hanna-Barbera style cartoon universe drawn by a cartoonist who acts like a corrupting, evil god would've sounded great. If not for the fact that it relied too heavily on shock value such as child pornography and rape, thus ruining what could've been a great comic.
  • Too Bleak, Stopped Caring: Considering the depravity that occurs, this can be a response. See the tearjerker section. You either cry or stop caring. Or not buy the book.


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