Original entry posted: Tue May 9 16:09:28 2006
@ Tue May 9 09:55:05 2006 EST
I was pretty sad to see Liquid Television killed off as MTV morphed into spoiled-rich-kids-on-reality-shows heaven. I consider the dialogue-absent Aeon Flux they presented vastly superior to the later iterations.
The Maxx, I felt, was breathtaking. I collected the comics, and the way they translated them to the screen, with such reverence for the comic layout yet utilizing minimal animation, was pretty spectacular. Add to that the exploration of Jungian themes and narrated by a big purple guy with donuts on his shoes -- very cool.
@ Tue May 9 09:57:51 2006 EST
I hate that I missed the comics. I remember seeing them in Wizard when I was a kid, but never actually bought any of them. Now I wish I had.
@ Tue May 9 10:34:03 2006 EST
I've got it on DVD, actually ... a burn from the VHS copy of the MTV show. I can see if the Mini can rip a copy.
They've got the comics in graphic novel form too. Comics are, actually, better because it's longer and tells the whole story. The MTV show ends somewhere like 1/3 of the way through.
@ Tue May 9 12:09:28 2006 EST
I thought Sam Keith never actually finished the Maxx storyline?
@ Tue May 9 12:15:23 2006 EST
Well, I've actually not made it to the end ... so it might be true :) I've read a lot of details which are hinted towards, but not included, in the plot of the cartoon. I started recollecting the novels and I'm already past Julie's departure.
The comics also make you appreciate the show more, simply because some of the way they translated it to film was brilliant.
@ Wed May 10 13:04:56 2006 EST
I missed out on reading the comics. I think I have the first few issues, but then it got confusing, and I stopped reading.
@ Wed May 17 20:21:03 2006 EST
The comics had basically two storylines. Issues 1-20 are the story presented by MTV, being the story of Julie, The Maxx and Mr Gone. MTV cut it short and finished it around issue 13-14, but at least they managed to do the sublimely good "bunny" episode (you'll know it when you see it). Issues 21-thirtysomething are the story of Sarah/Sara (the spelling changes) and her Maxx (a different person/thing). Sam Kieth kind of lost the plot, started diving into irrelevant sidestories, and eventually declared "the world would end", and then ended the world. A disappointing end to an awesome series - the complete run is now available in trade paperback.