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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  8,670 ratings  ·  405 reviews
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 need ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published July 15th 1997 by Slave Labor Graphics (first published June 1997)
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Bryce Wilson
May 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
One of my favorite critics recently noted that “The Stuff that gets under your skin at seventeen never really leaves you.” That’s true, but it’s also true that sometimes under the skin is where it should stay.

It’s hard to describe the effect this book had on me when I thumbed through the well read copy that got passed back and forth along with the joints, around the theater group where I made a brief sojourn on in my long quest to fit in at highschool.

The novel starts out with a cuddly cartoon
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Devilishly demented!
What can I say about dear ol' Nny? LOL He is so delightfully mad in a completely insane world. For many of us Jhonen Vasquez fans, this is where it all began. Just us, Johnny, Nail Bunny and a few dead bodies laying around.
For those who are fans of the TV show Invader Zim but don't know JTHM, please educate yourselves 😉 This is truly a dark, captivating, clever and completely insane work of art. ❤❤❤❤❤
JTHM stands for Johnny The Homicidal Maniac. He is a young man who struggle
Jessica B
Mar 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
This comic book is not for the faint of heart. It chronicles the experiences of Nny(short for Johnny) C., a man who kills people who even slightly irk him. It can be someone who trips him for no reason, or has a tie that he doesn't like. However, the story is way deeper than just ruthless killing. There are supernatural influences behind Nny's killing sprees, making it impossible for him to be caught, even when brutally killing someone in public. Nny says he must kill in order to paint a certain ...more
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Best Buddy, for lending me this one to read.

As strange as this may sound--given the title--this was a very satisfying read.

Despite the fact that Nny (a.k.a., Johnny) is a raving lunatic with a vicious murderous streak, he has some of the most eloquent insights into human behavior that I've come across in reading. It's stark, and honest, and holds nothing back.

Given the fact that this is also an incredibly gory story to read--seriously, all kinds of killing in all kinds of ways happen
Aron Fischer
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
Ridiculous and disgusting, yet strangely hilarious, Jhonen Vasquez starts his series without much more than a bunch of explicit violence-driven gags. But a little earlier than midway, his tendency to inject Sandman-like philosophical rants into his lovable homicidal protaganist gives the book a much needed second dimension, and by the time a supernatural element sneaks it's way into the story, the reader may find themselves hooked. This zany orgy of blood and guts has an existential core
M.P. Johnson
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I Should Have Read This When I Was 15

So much angst. Just angsty angst from start to finish. Yes, there's some murder, but mostly this is a long-form rant about hip kids in subcultural groups (goths, punks), who make fun of other people to make themselves feel better. It's really talky and kind of repetitive. Johnny kidnaps someone and tortures that person while proselytizing about the wrongs of mistreating people. Eventually, it gets a little deeper, but it's kind of like punk rock. You really h
Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'm putting these two together, because they really do form one larger piece - the craft of an artistic mastermind. Although perhaps "mastermind" isn't the best word to use here. What do you call the person that they lock up when they're about fifteen because they keep saying things to their teachers like, "The human body has ten thousand miles of blood vessels in it and I can feel my hate for you coursing through every one?" Or the guy who buys a dog, takes care of it, feeds it, loves it, and t ...more
Jade (Nail)
I came across this strangely charming comic through knowledge of Jhonen's newer works (from my icon, if you're familiar with it, you'll probably of guessed that certain works to be the cult-hit cartoon, Invader ZIM). I was not certain about this comic, while not squeamish or put off by hefty amounts of gore (Bloody Mess perk on Fallout 3), a comic solely about a homicidal maniac didn't strike me as particularly thorough material. However, I managed to find a scan of the first part online and eve ...more
Oct 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
How are you supposed to rate comic books? You can't compare different style of illustration, and short strip comics often don't have a linear plot so you can't go for the story alone either. Should originality make up for extra stars? Or the format and overall quality and deliverance?

JTHM is probably the only comic collection I've bothered to read more than once. It is so incredibly detailed that almost every single frame contains some other 'clues' and satirical comments by the intruding autho
Oct 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, fiction
Quite an interesting book, and, perhaps, five years ago this would have been interestingly perfect for me, but I think I may have outgrown certain rants of Vasquez’s - as it seems, many other reviewers have as well. Though, I must add, outgrowing something does not mean its bad, nor that your previous enjoyment of it is invalid.

Like many, I first came about Vasquez through Invader Zim - though I will spare a description of the show, I do highly recommend it - and found the animation and drawing
Jacqueline Quackenbush
Nov 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
So this is the first comic/graphic novel I have ever read and YES I realize I'm severely behind the times with this one. Rather than sneaking under high school bleachers to read this and feeling uber cool for reading something about a psycho killer, I read this in college and felt uber cool for reading something about a psycho killer. In my defense, I was all of about 6 when this first came out and I was not an uber cool toddler (what with the whole not-brushing-my-hair phase and all).

I really l
Lorien Anderson
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Like any other self-respecting high school goth kid of the early 2000s, I was a teenage Jhonen Vasquez fan. I decided to revisit this on a nostalgic impulse when I saw it at a comic shop (the awesome In The Ball Park of Lancaster, OH). I've been pretty dismissive of Vasquez in the past, mentally categorizing him based on the "taco cheese moose of doom!" style of random humor made popular by Invader Zim and espoused in Hot Topics the world over. What struck me in rereading this was that, at least ...more
Dennis Mcfarland
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I actually became aware of this book by a girl in one of our old youth groups. She was a huge fan of the series, and recommended them to me. I went online and found the compilation and ordered it. This is not a novel, it is more like a graphically illustrated comic book, BUT the writing is solid.

Vasquez has a profound statement at the beginning about the "monster" locked inside of all of us. (The reason why we "rubber-neck" at car accident scenes and sometimes fantasize about hurting people tha
John Burns
Jan 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I am consistently unimpressed with Graphic novels as a body of work, as well as with the people who read them and think they are actually remotely good. This was such a crap, indulgent, lazily written book. It's basically the fevered musings of a very immature, pretentious, petty man with a short attention span who is only interested in expressing how much he hates the outside world because all people ever do is pick on each other for the way they look. What an immensely stupid world-view. It se ...more
stephanie cat
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who can handle the twistedness,
Recommended to stephanie by: teh interwebs
Blood, twisted humor and a look down on society. I absolutely love this book! Johnny C. (or Nny) kills people, not only the ones who deserve it, but people who call him wacky and randoms he meets on the street. He lives in a house filled with torture rooms and a wall with a need for blood, with 2 psychotic doughboys and a floating rabbit head for company. The closest thing he has to a friend is his neighbor, a small boy named Squee, and he writes a comic called Happy Noodle Boy. It's bloody and ...more
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read the first 4 issues of the JTHM comic books when I was a teenager, so decided I'd pick up the complete set to revisit and finish the series.

Just as I had remembered, it was disturbing, dark and all a little bit wrong. Illustrations are brilliantly detailed, and in places the stories are quite funny (grotesque violence if funny right?).

I especially liked some of the public service announcements. Here's a gem: "Kids. Drug's won't help things. They'll only turn you into a hideous little fre
May 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
I read this cover to cover at work on a particularly long shift. It's pretty charming, but it gets a little old. A little heavy on the Hot Topic-type philosophy.
Matt Graupman
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There’s no doubt about it: Jhonen Vasquez’s “Johnny The Homicidal Maniac” comics are pretty sick. They’re amateurish, grotesque, misanthropic, and, when I was a nerdy teenage comics fan, thoroughly engrossing. Revisiting the series as a nerdy 37-year-old comics fan, it’s just as revolting and melodramatic as I remember but, surprisingly, there’s a lot more going on under the surface than I acknowledged all those years ago. Sorry, but I can’t help it, I love these nasty little stories.

Not that yo
Valky Salinas
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it

As someone who greatly enjoyed things like Invader Zim and Lenore, the Cute Little Dead Girl, Jhonen Vasquez’ comics would be the next logical step.
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac is one of Vasquez first comics, if not the first, and it's pretty damn impressive… at least visually.
Now, the comics don't actually have an overarching plot, but rather consist of small bits of Johnny's life mixed in with some one-or-two-page smaller comics. It isn't until the end of issue #4 when JTHM decides to have a
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How have I never reviewed this? Since discovering JTHM in HS, I must've read this story a dozen times.

Nny's struggles and journey is one of the best, most horrific hero's stories I've ever read.

He makes Dexter look like an amateur and Deadpool a saint.
Oct 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
I put this book on my fantasy-and-adventure shelf, but it really deserves it's own shelf called "F&*%ing twisted". But that's purely for the benefit of other people reading this, as there's rather little that actually disturbs me in the realm of fiction and, while this complete collection of Vasquez's infamous comic is certainly gorey and twisted, I find quite a lot within its pages to enjoy and value.

Johnny is a boy, or perhaps young man, who feels an overwhelming urge to kidnap, torture, a
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: The Truly Twisted Comic Lover
To properly explain how this got on my list of reviews, I'm afraid I'm going to have to give you a glimpse into my thought process which is very fitting to what this graphic novel encompasses.

Up until I browsed my (at this point only) friends list of books I was not aware that graphic novels could be part of my set. After seeing his compilation of "Achewood" comix on his read list I started thinking about what comics or graphic novels would make mine.

As a geek and a freak, comics have been part
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ed Wilcox
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. As teenager in 2013, I could identify with a lot of the themes in this book, (Not that I'm murderer or anything of that ilk...) I found that the large amounts of sarcasm, the theme of people having in-groups and out-groups, and particularly the 'Anne Gwish' panels, wherein Anne would break the fourth wall, and speak to the reader about how she felt outcast, and how she was so different from everyone else, she would then go on to insult someone else, who was obviously exactly like h ...more
Kristopher Kelly
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A brilliant, extremely violent graphic novel that tells the story of a madman (and cartoonist) named Johnny (friends call him Nny), driven by forces he doesn't understand to keep a wall in his basement covered in fresh blood, lest the demon behind it should break free. Johnny has an affinity for his sweet little neighbor kid Squee, an unlucky little guy whose parents ignore him and leave him at the mercy of the well-meaning but always-terrifying visits from Johnny. The art and the lettering conv ...more
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm only giving this 4 stars instead of 5 because of the fact that the Wobbly Headed Bob comic strips and the Meanwhile comic strips were exempt and instead collected in their respective categories at the end of the collection of Squee's Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors. And of course, some of the scenes of the Meanwhile comic strips are referenced later in the Johnny the Homicidal Maniac storyline. I would have preferred having all of the comic shorts included and in their origin ...more
Dear Die-ary, I stared, motionless, before the mirror. As always, I stayed until I'm convinced that there is no glass, nothing, separating me from the room I see on the other side. I imagine that everything is different over there. Better. There are people, in that world, who I would like. But, like always, my hand hits the glass. I know that if I'd only waited just one more second... Shit. I'm gonna go kill a party clown.

Johnny—call him Nny—has problems. Nobody gets his humor, Mr. Eff and Mr. Z
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
Johnny is a criminally insane, introverted young man on a killing spree, his victims being those who taunt and make fun of him, all to feed the red wall with their blood. Driven by the voices in his head projected on to dead bunny, and two styrofoam pigs, he struggles with his madness and the fact that no matter what atrocities he commits, he is never caught.

When my girlfriend recommended this book to me and told me that I'd relate on a scary level, I thought she was exaggerating just a tiny bit
Jake Thomas
Jun 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comicbooks
JTHM will always have a special place in the blackest, nastiest corner of my heart due to its being the first official comic book/graphic novel I ever read. What I love about the book is that it's not the gore that scares me, it's the thought behind it. Johnny's existential crises come hard, fast and psychotic, as well as at the cost of many many lives. The book works because it's not simply a splatter book with the killer we all know and love. Johnny is a complex, thoughtful, aware and self-loa ...more
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-1990s
I remember ordering this from Barnes & Noble after re-runs of Invader Zim were coming back to Nicktoons. By then, I became obsessed with the show and this comic seemed interesting to me. At the time, I was a troubled teenager who liked the idea of killing bullies -- I know, twisted, but certainly not to the extent Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold had.
There were only one or two copies at the Barnes & Noble store, and I believe I read just the first quarter of it. After buying it, I read th
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“ can cry until there's nothing wet in you. You can scream and curse to where your throat rebels and ruptures. You can pray, all you want, to whatever god you think will listen. And, still it makes no difference. It goes on, with no sign as to when it might release you. And you know that if it ever did would not be because it cared.” 211 likes
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