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As Slayer winds down it’s career with a final world tour, one thing can be said about them:  They never compromised their sound.  Like Motorhead before them, Slayer has always been angry, straight ahead, and fast as f**k—and while their latest album, Repentless is no Season’s In The Abyss (and what is), it is a solid rendition of Slayer being Slayer.

Unfortunately, the companion comic book by the same name, won’t have anyone screaming, “Fucking Slayer.”

I have to admit, that I’ve lost touch with my comic book upbringing.  While I love the Hip Hop Family Tree series by Ed Piskor, the last comics I really got into were Neat Stuff and Hate by Peter Bagge.

The thing that made Bagge’s work so appealing was the honesty and complexity surrounding his characters. Every freak and weirdo, for example, could relate in some way to Buddy Bradley who was obnoxious, awkward, and utterly lost, with the ability to see the hypocrisy and truth in a variety of fucked up situations rarely discussed at that time.

I have no idea, what I expected from the Repentless comic before reading it.  Somehow, I thought it would be some twisted mindfuck akin to Hellraiser that would give me a nightmare or two.  What I didn’t expect was the crap, I read.

Repentless is basically a story about two brothers, Wyatt and Adrian, whose parents were murdered in the family kitchen by a black guy and a Latino guy when the brothers were little kids.  They were subsequently adopted by their Nazi uncle, who raised them as (what else) Nazi’s.

They then grew up to be Nazi leaders.  One fine day, after one of their fucked up Nazi meetings, they went out to rumble to the death with some bad ass looking black dudes who look like they’re straight out of The Mack.  In the ensuing battle, one of the brother’s, Adrian lost his eye from a right cross to the eye socket with a bottle.  Serves him right for being a shit disturbing Nazi.

Somehow, this became Adrian’s salvation moment and he ran away from his Nazi family, married a beautiful black woman, got a job as a Harley mechanic, escaped his demons, and despite losing an eye, transformed his look from (and I shit you not) Opie into a Patrick Swayze (from Escape From New York) look-alike—complete with the eye patch and side feather.  Not only that, he stopped being a bigot, just like that.  After years of hatred and anger, he just moved on.

Anyway, big brother Wyatt couldn’t let bygones be bygones, so in a series of unbelievable plot twists that make no sense (so I won’t try to explain them) he found Adrian and arranged for Adrian’s wife slaughtered in front of him.

The rest of the comic revolves around Adrian seeking revenge on Wyatt.

Adrian hooks up his prison buddy and his gang (which Slayer is a part of) and in a series of more unbelievable events end up taking on the entire Nazi army in kind of a 13 Assasins (by Japanese director Takashi Miike) type finish.

Save your money on the comics and pool together enough money to see Slayer on their final tour this summer.

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