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Jim Reaper: Week One

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2006
By: Jim Miers



Writer: Dwight L MacPherson
Artist: Mathieu Bendit

Publisher: Silent Devil


What happens when the harbinger of doom, the Grim Reaper, has had too much stress? He gets a replacement to collect souls while he takes a vacation! What happens when everyone refuses to fill in for him? He calls his cousin’s nephew, Jim.

Jim is a little bit “different” for the job of being the collector of souls. While dialing Jim’s number, Grim says “That little pansy’s probably sitting in front of the television with a big box of Kleenex bawling his eyes out.” Guess what, he was right… Jim’s such a wimp that scary movies and even the telephone ringing make him wet and/or otherwise soil himself, and love stories make him cry..., no..., bawl profusely. After a few very funny gags by his uncle Grim, nephew is given the cloak, the scythe, and the Reaper’s Handbook. Sufficiently briefed, Grim and his wife are off on a vacation leaving Jim and his stuffed bear Puffy to collect the souls of the soon-to-be-departed. On his fearful tricycle of doom, he conjures up a smart ass portal who gives him no end of trouble before dropping him in our dimension and straight into a gangland beating of a nerdy kid in Hell’s Kitchen. After being traumatized by his uncle, tripping over his cloak, and degraded by his magic portal, he then gets beat up and sent to the hospital! It only goes down there from this high point in a very big way…

Have you ever read Marvel’s "Bullpen Bits" by Chris Giarrusso? If not, they’re absolutely hilarious and can be found in their entirety HERE. Anyway, back to the Jim Reaper story…I think that Dwight and Mathieu have a GREAT thing going in much the same spirit as the "Bullpen Bits." The strips are colorful, short, and very funny in a morbid sort of way, like a typical 10-year-old boy would think.

Very funny Marvel "Bullpen Bits" with a little bit of Gary Larson’s Far Side and Dilbert, and you’ve got Jim Reaper. I’m not going to rush out and buy the adventures of Jim Reaper in comic form because the format and story length is more for a newspaper comic strip or a daily email from the publisher, but I would probably check back on the publisher’s website for updates.



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