Sunday, May 22, 2011

Fun, Vengeance, and Blood...

Well, Jailbait Justice: The Girl with the Big Iron on Her Hip is everything it promised. If you like strong female characters, post-apocalyptic westerns and/or violence by the bucketload, you can't really go wrong here.

Many people have been talking about it in cinematic terms, and it's no wonder. Described variously as a mix of Mad Max, Sergio Leone and Tank Girl, Jezebel Misery St Etienne's precedents are largely on film. Place an interesting character with a moral code in a future vision of a morally-bankrupt hell on Earth (a desert setting is always good) and let the bullets fly. It's a simple but eternally fun-filled formula.

If the book's lineage is at the cinema, so are many of its contemporaries. The ultra-violent b-movie for fun and blood has been undergoing something of a revival. Tarantino started it with Kill Bill, and then there was the Grindhouse double bill. That led directly to the simply marvellous Machete, and also inspired such modern classics as Nude Nuns with Big Guns, and Hobo with a Shotgun. I like to think of the genre as ultra-pulp, and surely that describes Jailbait Justice to a T. You know how someone always has to take things a step too far? Someone has to ruin it for everyone else by crossing the line? Well long may Jezebel and her silver screen brothers and sisters keep marauding across those lines in the sand, for fun, vengeance and blood.

By the way, if this is your kinda fun, then you probably also want to check out Luke Nineteen Twenty-Seven by Cameron Ashley & Jimmy Callaway, over at Plots With Guns. Fun, Vengeance, Blood, etc, and so on, and so forth...

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