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Named one of Best Graphic Books 2014 by Boston GlobeRick Rouse is a US Army deserter who, after running away to China, gets a job at Fengxian Amusement Park—a family destination heavily “inspired” by Western culture, featuring Rambi (the deer with a red headband), Ratman (the caped crusader with a rat’s tail), Bumbo (small ears and a big behind), and dozens of other originNamed one of Best Graphic Books 2014 by Boston GlobeRick Rouse is a US Army deserter who, after running away to China, gets a job at Fengxian Amusement Park—a family destination heavily “inspired” by Western culture, featuring Rambi (the deer with a red headband), Ratman (the caped crusader with a rat’s tail), Bumbo (small ears and a big behind), and dozens of other original characters. The park’s general manager is convinced that Rick was destined to greet Fengxian customers, dressed as none other than Ricky Rouse. This original graphic novel is a relentless action comedy, a satire of US–China relations, a parody of Western entertainment, and a curious look at China—a country that, once we look past its often outrageous copyright infringements, is a culture ripe with innovation and a unique, courageous spirit.“I loved Ricky Rouse Has a Gun, a comic filled with deaths and yet full of life." Alejandro Jodorowsky“A story as thrilling as it is bizarre … a true original" Bianca Bosker, The Huffington Post...

Title : Ricky Rouse Has a Gun
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ISBN : 9781906838829
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 180 Pages
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Ricky Rouse Has a Gun Reviews

  • Sarah Churchill
    2019-06-10 19:03

    I'll boil it down to its most basic parts so you know exactly what we're dealing with here; this is Die Hard in a ripoff Chinese Disney World. Does it make much sense? No. Is it intelligent? Not really. Is it packed full of clichés? Absolutely. Is it fun? I bloody well thought so!With tongue very firmly in cheek it delivers a satire that is both silly and bloody, taking iconic cartoon and film characters and thinly disguising them in terrorist form. You know which ones are the terrorists because they talk with cigarettes in their mouths and wear a constant scowl. Ricky Rouse, Rambi, Ratman and Bumbo are all guns blazing and though everyone gets shot multiple times only the bad guys seem to die. With a nod at appropriation of Western pop culture and iconography into Chinese culture and a heavy handed shove at China's disregard for copyright and intellectual property, it's 100% silly (sometimes downright stupid), but definitely fun.

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-05-30 19:07

    I would love to have read the pitch for this book because I just did not get what the point of it was - all I know is, I was immensely bored while reading this and I didn’t like it one bit. This might be the worst satire I’ve ever read because it’s so inept.From the blurb: “(Ricky Rouse) is a relentless action comedy, a satire of US–China relations, a parody of Western entertainment, and a curious look at China—a country that, once we look past its often outrageous copyright infringements, is a culture ripe with innovation and a unique, courageous spirit.”I don’t usually quote the blurb in reviews because it’s lazy but I had to with Ricky Rouse because I’m having a hard time figuring out what this book is supposed to be about - also, ignore everything from “a curious look…” because it’s not that. I know what it is on the surface - Die Hard in an amusement park - but is it supposed to be? This is from Chris Sprigman’s (overly-intellectual for such a dumb book) introduction: “The story of Ricky Rouse Has a Gun is mostly about one man’s quest to deal with the personal emotional fallout of war, to re-establish his relationship with his young daughter, and to find love after the failure of his marriage.”On the one hand it seems like the publisher is implying the Die Hard aspect of the book is “a parody of Western entertainment” (if that is what it’s referring to and not the amusement park angle), but the guy writing the intro seems to take this aspect seriously. So which is it? Well, Sprigman’s intro focuses on shanzhai, which is when Chinese culture appropriates a western icon and indigenizes them, making them Chinese, which is certainly evident here; every cartoon character in the book is recognisable from pop culture, and you could argue that the difficult relationship between America and China plays out in the volatile finale. But what sticks out most prominently are the action hero movie cliches and stereotypes that make up the majority of this book, so I’m inclined to believe that this is the “parody of Western entertainment”. If it isn’t then it should be castigated for parodying western entertainment while becoming a parody of western entertainment - ie. the most incompetent satirical attempt, ever.The story is that Rick Rouse is a US soldier who finds out his wife’s leaving him. He decides to desert and wander around Asia for a few years, winding up in a Chinese amusement park that rips off Disneyland. Through a series of coincidences, he’s hired to be Ricky Rouse, the park’s new mouse mascot, just as his daughter is about to visit him along with some disguised terrorists out to make some money taking hostages and a political point. It’s up to Rick to save his family from the terrorists in a confined space at Christmas no less! So it’s basically Die Hard in an amusement park. What I don’t understand is: why parody action movies? It’s a self-parodying genre! But writer Jorg Tittel and artist John Aggs do it anyway so we have: the deadbeat dad saving his daughter and ex-wife, along with her new husband (who’s a good provider but isn’t a killing machine), cliche; numerous scenes of the hero being shot at but never getting hit cliche; several moments where the hero does get shot but doesn’t die cliche, including his Chinese friend who 1) falls off of a water tower and lands on his back but lives, 2) gets shot in the torso by a rifle but lives, 3) gets shot in the torso again while taking the bullet at the last minute for another character cliche - and, at the end of the book, we see his ARM in a SLING! Man should’ve died at least three times!! Other cliches: villain is a rich, old white guy; despite not having seen him in years, his daughter is still devoted to her selfish father; the beautiful woman who’s also Rick’s boss who hates him, immediately jumps into bed with him once she discovers he’s a father who says he loves his daughter; the terrorists’ plan doesn’t make any sense and no-one would’ve actually signed on to join him in the first place but they do because a villain needs lackeys; motivations are meaningless and distract from the endless, dumb action. The story isn’t interesting to follow because our heroes are invincible - when no obstacle is too big for our two ordinary yet unstoppable heroes, like being outnumbered by a bunch of heavily armed terrorists, and they’re somehow more effective than Chinese special forces, then there’s no tension whatsoever. Why worry about our hero taking a bullet when he’s already taken five and he’s unfazed - look, he’s got a scratch on his cheek to show he’s been shot in the chest multiple times! But then it’s a parody, right? So, what - this is supposed to be mundane and appeal to readers because of this superficiality? What if the audience doesn’t care for dumb action movies and would appreciate a well-thought out satire with something to say? This book would totally bore you. And it does. Maybe the point was to create a shanzhai version of Die Hard but why create a much more boring, unexciting story of that great movie in the first place? Because you want to satirize intellectual property rights ownership between two cultures?! You see what I mean about not knowing what the point of it all was? It’s also an enormously patronising story - Chinese culture is great and their wealth is staggering but they’ll always need an American hero to save them. So back to the blurb - is this a “relentless action comedy”? The action is relentless, even though you want it to stop and develop a story worth reading instead, and it is funny how badly written the script is and how poorly put together the action sequences were. Is this “a satire of US-China relations”? In the most ham-fisted, least insightful way possible, yes. American companies do not like it when Chinese companies don’t pay them for using their slightly tweaked intellectual properties. And is this “a parody of Western entertainment”? Absolutely - but done in such a way that it isn’t entertaining to read, nor does it seem worthwhile doing so in the first place. Ricky Rouse Has a Gun is a Roland Emmerich movie starring Nic Cage in comic form. If that level of cheap corniness appeals, you’ll get a lot out of this one - everyone else though, be careful, as reading this will make you dizzy from rolling your eyes so much.

  • Mike
    2019-06-03 22:14

    Loved this. If anybody who has read this gives it an overzealous, and frankly misunderstood, critique, then they have completely missed the point of this. Like the very form it is parodying, this is over the top and completely in your face. However, this is complimented by a warmth that runs throughout the story's core, as well as featuring well drawn characters and believable motivations. There is absolutely a place for comics that produce a po-faced critique of their subject matter, but this is not one of them. This is a very compelling, and more importantly, fun, story. This should be given a chance by any comic reader who would rather their reading material be well-written, well-drawn, and most of all an enjoyable romp from start to finish.

  • Tom Ewing
    2019-06-16 23:00

    An action comedy that's cleverer in concept (a knowing rip-off of Die Hard set in a Chinese theme park full of knowing rip-offs of other Western IPs) than in execution: the satirical aspects, and the commentary on US-China relations, drop away fairly quickly in favour of, well, doing Die Hard in a Theme Park and having a lot of fun with that. But they DO have a lot of fun with it (even if some of the action storytelling is a bit unclear) and if you don't go in expecting a quieter, sharper graphic novel you might have a lot of fun too. Endearingly reminiscent of the sort of things that used to run in the 80s/90s UK comic, CRISIS.

  • Sylvia Neiman
    2019-05-21 20:14

    This is a laugh a minute read, funny, moving and great satire. The art is brilliant and works really well with the story. The characters are flawed and amusing and the antihero Richard Rouse is as amusing as he is compelling (and sometimes to be pitied). I hope the publishers will bring out some merchandising as I would love to possess a Bumbo toy, and maybe a Ratman and a Ronald Ruck too. It makes you consider our relationship to China and at the same time it's cinematic storytelling that references all sorts of seminal 80s films. The book is beautifully made and I'm sure will adorn coffee tables around the globe. A must have.

  • John
    2019-06-11 22:02

    Dont let the strange title or even stranger cover art fool you theres a good story inside these pages.I wouldnt even know were to begin to summarize what transpires here but i will say this.Along with the laughs (and their is plenty of those) their is a really thought provoking story taking place.Not only does it shine light on the way the Chinese and Americans view things so very differently it also tells a story of the lengths a father will go to to ensure his families safety.The imagery of the book is incredibly colorful and lends itself to telling the story just by the images alone.

  • Paras Ghelani
    2019-05-24 00:49

    A noisy, colourful book with tongue firmly in cheek, Ricky Rouse Has a Gun manages to make salient points about early 21st century pop culture, Chinese power, appropriation of cultural artifacts and iconoclasm. The dialogue and artwork in the panels work well together and none of it feels contrived or overcooked. This is my first from selfmadehero, and I'm keen now to investigate the rest of their catalogue.

  • Olivier Crachez
    2019-06-13 01:11

    This was an amazing read, a sophisticated satire but also a brilliant action adventure with characters that you care about and stellar art. It's extremely funny and doesn't let up. Bold, in your face and controversial, the author's voice and the artist's work in perfect unison to create a unique and relevant world and a bombastic story.

  • Iain
    2019-05-30 21:01

    A rip-roaring rollercoaster of a read -literally at one point. Some laugh-out loud moments, many explosions, a high body count, some important commentary on copyright issues, and a villain only a neocon could love.

  • Alex
    2019-05-16 16:53

    Entertaining read with nice art; not sure if the structure of the story itself was meant to be satirizing Americans for the same things that the book ostensibly satirizes the Chinese for, but whether or not it was, it came across as rather cliche. Still fun, though.

  • Amy Fenton
    2019-05-23 18:15

    For my first graphic novel I really enjoyed it. A dark twist on the loved mickeyMouse. A great way to get into graphic novels

  • Christine D
    2019-06-01 01:00

    Besides being delightful satire, the story actually almost made me cry. I don't know if it was because it was funny, sad, or poignant, but I nearly cried. This one's for you, Donald.

  • John
    2019-05-16 20:14

    I loved RICKY ROUSE HAS A GUN and so did my teenage daughter. We both thought it was intelligent, moving, well-structured, and fresh. HIGHLY recommend,

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-06-10 16:59

    I didn't spend vey much time on this book, which aspires to make some kind of commentary about intellectual property rights and how this plays out on the Chinese-American stage, especially with respect to Disney's iconic figures. Seems to side with the Chinese against Disney; Tittel in particular seems to hate Disney. His main character is a completely unlikable jerk, out of work, who takes a job at knockoff Chinese theme park modeled on Disneyland, where he walks around as Ricky Rouse.. and he has a secret identity…. it's just a confusing, boring mess that muddles all the issues and can't decide whether it is a thriller, a political commentary, a comedy… don't recommend.

  • Peter Gasston
    2019-05-18 23:05

    Sorry to say that I didn’t enjoy this. Selfmadehero’s books are generally excellent, but this let me down. For a start, I couldn’t see the promised satire; I mean, it uses Disney characters, but I couldn’t see to what satirical end. Perhaps I didn’t get it. But no matter, perhaps I could enjoy the ‘Die Hard in Disneyland’ action.Unfortunately not. An unsympathetic lead surrounded by stock characters made it hard to root for anyone. I found the art scratchy and unclear, and often made it hard to follow the action. By the end I wasn’t really sure what had happened or what I was supposed to think of it all.A rare mis-step from an otherwise impressive publisher. Lovely cover, though.

  • Jörg Tittel
    2019-05-25 21:11

    “I loved Ricky Rouse Has a Gun, a comic filled with deaths and yet full of life." Alejandro Jodorowsky“A story as thrilling as it is bizarre … a true original.” Bianca Bosker, The Huffington Post"the comics equivalent of a good Hollywood blockbuster." Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet International"bonkers yet utterly brilliant action comedy." - SFX / Comic Heroes"Ricky Rouse Has A Gun is absolutely fantastic." John Freeman, DownTheTubes

  • Derek Royal
    2019-06-06 23:56

    The book had a lot of potential -- the thematic premise of copyright and corporate branding, especially -- but it never really follows up on the promise. Also, there are way too many narrative gaps in this story, even going simply from action to action. It was confusing at times.

  • Nuno
    2019-06-02 17:10

    Well produced, but movies, comics or books have explored to exhaustion the story emulated in this book. I would recommend this to anyone without a clue about Rambo, Die Hard, etc, but I doubt that person even exists.