4/12/2003 10:08:00 AM
by Gerry Alanguilan
A review of WASTED: FINAL EDITION by Bernie Sim
PULP Magazine, Issue # 33, April 2003
The last we saw of Gerry Alanguilanís WASTED was a serialization in the pages of Pulpís June-July 2001 issue. Before that, Alamat Comics printed a mere 500 of the angry mini-comic in 1998, forcing a lot of awestruck readers to steal their friendís copies. Two year later Pulp finally took pity on us thieving morons and printed 2000 new and improved copies of the Pinoy cult classic. I first read WASTED in college in the mid-90s, and despite now having a steady job and rosier love life, its raw power and cutthroat intensity still blows my mind all these years later.
It also helps that itís better packaged now. Reincarnated as WASTED: FINAL EDITION, this new P100 version is bigger than its Alamat predecessor, has a new full-color cover by Mr. Alanguilan, several amazing black-and-white pin-ups by Filipino komikeros Leinel Yu, Arnold Arre, Roy Allan Martinez, Whilce Portacio, Edgar Tadeo, and Marissa Nepumaceno, an intro by Barbie Almalbis, who was actually inspired to write Barbieís Cradle hit, ďThe DanceĒ after reading WASTED, and an enlightening three-page interview with the artist by Gabriel Banaag. If youíve ever wondered about what drove Gerry to write WASTED, deliberated whether his love life really sucked, and shared Gabrielís opinion that the art is raw, and, well, somewhat ugly, then youíd definitely love this partial interview (the complete and lengthy one can be found on www.alanguilan.com/sanpablo
As Gerry explains, itís more the story than the art that drives WASTED. Itís a fast and furious emotional journey fueled by rage and passion, a medium through which one talented artist and renowned Marvel, DC, and Image comic book inker can vent his angst and frustrations. WASTED is every fed-up citizenís ultimate vigilante fantasy, and itís superb that Gerryís work could make us live it and then leave it, unless you do take crime-fighting in your own hands and end up being portrayed by Ronnie Rickets or Ian Veneracion in a sucky true-to-sensationalized Pinoy action flick. Now thatís truly wasted. (We also hear that a movie version of WASTED is in the works, and although weíre quite sure that Gerry will be showing some skin, we canít confirm if Maui or Katya will).