Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever
Microcosm Publishing (2017)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (03/18)
“Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever: The Completely Ridiculous Edition,” has been revised over the years. The original creators called themselves Igloo Tornado. These veteran artists are also known as Tom Neely, Gin Stevens, Scot Nobles, and Levon Jihanian. This revised edition contains comics, jokes, artwork and twenty short stories that were created up by over fifty artists or wannabe artists. It even has a forward by Rob Halford! Repeat guest visitors within these pages include Darryl Hall and John Oates who are supposed to be Glenn and Henry’s neighbors. Glenn is also haunted by his overbearing mother.
This is a “what if” kind of book. As in, what if rocker Glenn Danzig decided to share his life with punk rocker/actor Henry Rollins? What if their neighbors were Hall and Oates, who are now Satanists? Would anybody care? The answers to all these questions can be found within the pages of this book. As to the question of whether anybody would actually care, each reader must decide this for themselves. Personally, I really don’t care; however, I still found this book amusing.
Having grown up in the 80s and 90s, I can truly appreciate the satirical humor that is present in this work of art. I am not sure if the same could be said by Millennials. They would try to read this book and wonder who these people are, and why they don’t see their own names here. The artwork is actually very good. The different styles of the artists help break up any chance of monotony because their talents are unique.
While I must admit that I was not compelled to read this book in a single sitting, I really enjoyed reading Henry & Glenn Forever + Ever: The Completely Ridiculous Edition. I would recommend giving this book to someone who grew up in the 80s who has everything. I can pretty much guarantee that they do not have this book. But they will appreciate it and the humor that is relevant to those of us who are this era. I am now headed off to dig up my Danzig cassettes.