“Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Director’s Cut” by Jhonen Vasquez

Friday, May 27, 2011 - Book Reading
“Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Director’s Cut” by Jhonen Vasquez

Back of the Book:

Mayhem and violence rule in this collection of issues one through seven of Jhonen Vasquez’s Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, as well as material seen before only in Carpe Noctem magazine. Dark and disturbingly funny, JTHM follows the adventures of Johnny (you can call him Nny), who lives with a pair of styrofoam doughboys that encourage his madness, a wall that constantly needs a fresh coat of blood, and–oh, yeah–his victims in various states of torture. Join Nny as he frightens the little boy next door (Todd, known to fans of Vasquez’s work as Squee), thirsts for Cherry Brain Freezies, attempts suicide, draws Happy Noodle Boy, and tries to uncover the meaning of his homicidal existence.

Brenton Nichol’s Review on

Johnny is a boy, or perhaps young man, who feels an overwhelming urge to kidnap, torture, and murder any citizen of the city he lives in that insults him, harms him, or just simply irks him in some small manner. It is clear that Johnny is not a boy in control of his conscience, as evidenced by the various inanimate objects in his living quarters that become not only animate but snarkily intellectual, acting, it seems, as the conflicting shards of Johnny’s torn mind. But eventually we learn that Johnny isn’t COMPLETELY insane; there really IS a good reason for him to keep fresh coats of blood painted onto a particular wall deep in the catacombs beneath his shack of a house. Continue reading his review…

"Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Director's Cut" by Jhonen Vasquez

"Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Director's Cut" by Jhonen Vasquez


Pages: 168

Published: 1997-07-15

Format Read: real book

[xrr rating=5.0/5]

The very worst thing about this book is that it had to end. And maybe the language

The very best thing about this book is the release that comes with really getting into the story. Since it’s against most laws to exterminate the stupid people, the jerks, and the losers, reading about someone who successfully removes those people from society without ever getting caught (even if he kills on a crowded street in broad daylight) is such a soothing experience that you’ll want to read it again immediately! Sounds contradictory, right? I know, but trust me on this and read the book the next time you’re angry – I gave it five stars for a reason!


This book will be placed under the 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2011 Graphic Novels Challenge, Take a Chance Challenge, The TwentyEleven Challenge, and the What’s in a Name 4.

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4 thoughts on ““Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Director’s Cut” by Jhonen Vasquez

Jennifer Maurer

I had a a quick question… I LOVE JTHM and I wanted to buy the compiled book but which one should I buy? I am having trouble finding the difference between the soft and hard cover books, I know that the hard cover has 60 more pages but I cant find anything that says why. Would you happen to know the difference between the two?

    Alysha DeShaé

    I honestly don’t know firsthand what the difference is, but this is copied from Wikipedia:

    The paperback also introduces some new supplementary materials such as sketches, an issue-by-issue synopsis, character profiles, and a fictional interview with Vasquez, but leaves out many of the filler strips from the original series.”

    I would guess those filler strips are what make up the difference in page count. I have the paperback edition, though, and I love it! In fact, JTHM is what got me curious about graphic novels. I might even have a decent collection going soon. :-)

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