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Comic Book Men is a pleasant surprise and an overall splash of fragrant cologne on the smell test-flunking reality genre.
These sad transactions recall the working class despair embedded in so many Smith projects, from Mallrats to Jersey Girl... What is strange, though, is how little Comic Book Men attempts to engage with that despair.
Comic Book Men fails on its own terms. These gentlemen are clearly capable of talking about such matters in terms suitable for a Ph.D. oral examination administered by Tarantino, but the show gives us mere word-bubble quips.
Comic Book Men is certainly genial, good-natured, eccentric and dry-witted... But its appeal is impossibly narrow, even within that subgenre of unscripted series that revel in the eccentric pursuits of glorious oddballs.
Given the lofty place comics, sci-fi and fantasy occupy in movies and pop culture, it's overdue to have a show for devotees, and from afar, Smith appears to be the guy to do it. It's only too bad this series about collectibles is so, well, disposable.
Like Smith's breakthrough film, Clerks, you are drawn in by the droll inertia of the setting and the gently obsessive characters.
It's diverting, a little sad, a little boring, full of geeky macho posturing and ultimately pointless, much like a Wednesday afternoon in a comic-book shop.
It's off-putting juvenilia. But... if you can outlast the first 10 minutes, the discourse and content definitely take a turn for the better.
It's a different sort of reality show, and for that it gets credit from me. Plus, it's just funny.
It can be annoying to stand in a store and listen to the employees babble on endlessly about some obscure comic book or movie, and Comic Book Men captures that feeling of "just let me buy this book so I can get out of here" effortlessly.
The characters are not inviting or interesting, which would seem to leave out norms. And the comic book/pop culture aspect is so watered down, so entry level, that nerds will [feel] condescended to.
Audience Reviews for Comic Book Men: Season 1
Jan 14, 2020Love this TV show. best reality tv show i have ever seen. Love everything Kevin Smith but after seeing this i love every one of the Comic Book Men: Walt, Mike, Ming and ofcourse Bryan Johnson. Bryan is a comedy genius.
Jun 19, 2019Why did this show get several seasons?! I like comics, related movies, etc, yet this group of guys are just not interesting and the store manager is such a gigantic, arrogant dick, that almost no one ever comes out of a negotiation with him, not offended. Don't waste your time.
Feb 18, 2014paw stars with comics without the douchbaggery from the history channel. Kevin Smith and crew are chill