Whether this is a new or old adaptation what is interesting is how wonderfully balanced it is within the worlds of both Hunter Thompson’s original work and the seminal Terry Gilliam film starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. “Hunter Thompson’s Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas” [Troy Little/Top Shelf/176pgs] makes one realize how close that adaptation was and the brilliance of the world. In this specific interpretative vision, the impact and swirling mechanisms of the drug elements specifically ether and the ameryls are perfectly rendered as is the excessive emotional ramifications within Gonzo and Duke despite everything that is happening to them. While the political texture might be a little bit dated and the technology different, the inherent abandon party structure and need for revolution is every bit as powerful in ink and color as it has been in other formats. The story has not changed. You’ve seen it through and through but it is, as life, a great wine it just keeps getting better with age, just as long as the artist who represents it respects the world and the image giving it his spin. Little here recognizes the lexicon while definitely not watering down any aspects of this. This adaptation does it justice.
By Tim Wassberg