If you didn't notice on our 'about us
' page, we're kind of nerdy. And since
we will have a bit of downtime from riding for the next few months, I'm
going to explore some comics and other pop culture mediums that feature
motorcycles. First up: The Humans.
'The Humans' is an
ongoing monthly comic series by Image Comics set in an alternate
universe take on 70's biker culture. Imagine if Planet Of The Apes was
mixed with post-Vietnam America. And just like in the classic film the
apes do own human slaves, called "skins", which they keep unclothed and
treat like animals.
The titular gang of the series,
The Humans are pretty clearly an allegory for The Hell's Angels in their
heyday. Set in Bakersfield, CA, the series features numerous scenes of
partying, fighting, drugs, sex, drinking, PTSD, drug running, and even
human cockfighting. This is definitely a mature title.
art is well done, with multiple styles of bikes and a diverse cast of
characters that embraces the full spectrum of different types of apes (a
sentence I never imagined I would write). There are two collected
volumes as of this post, Volume 1: Humans For Life, and Volume 2: Humans
Till Deth. If you enjoy shows like Sons of Anarchy and great artwork
of motorcycles, definitely check out The Humans.