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The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Judd Winick, Art by Judd Winick
Publisher: Oni Press

Synopsis: This reprints The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius #1-3.

In the first story Time Lord, Barry accidentally opens a tear in the Space/Time Continuum and has to fix it before his mother discovers that his father has been mutated into a Cro-Magnon. The second story Growing Pains shows Barry’s efforts to save his friend Jeremy when he’s accidentally transformed into a dinosaur with a white man’s afro. In School Days, Barry has to save his classmates when they run afoul of an art theft turned hostage situation during a field trip.

Good Stuff: The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius are just plain funny. Barry is the world’s smartest human, and because of this he gets into tons of mishaps that are frequently totally absurd. It helps that the characters—even Barry, who on the face of things isn’t the most likable person in the world—are all people you could like and enjoy. Ultimately, you want to see Barry succeed if for no other reason than the fact that his failure could have dire consequences. Plus, I have to say that his friend Jeremy is a total hoot.

Also, I have to give Winick some credit for his art skills as well. He does a very good job of depicting both the slow and intense moments of the stories, and one doesn’t get lost in the detail either.

Not so Good Stuff: The only thing I can think of is that I wish he did more of this stuff. Very well done.

I give this book 9/10.

A word of warning—this is not a children’s comic. There’s a great deal of profanity.

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