Perspective is everything! Sometimes it's easy to forget just how good (or bad) a particular comic is until I've read a different one! It's not uncommon that I'll think I found the worst writing or art ever encountered until...I find something worse! But what do I know, you've probably rolled your eyes and shook your fist at how thouroughly misguided you thought my opinions were. I'm just glad we can always agree that comics are the superior medium! Until next week.
-See You Around The Shop-- Ed
"MazeBook" DarkHorse: Jeff Lemire plumbs the depths of emotion and suffering with ease. Simultaneously creating a wholly unique and fantastical story that is somehow universally relatable. The coupling of his rough sketch line work and abstract watercolors captures the ephemeral essence of the ordinary moments of life and the amorphous unrestrained cacophony of emotions. If nothing else his books are worth reading just for the art. The story is slow, like a forgotten drip from the faucet. In other works this would prove a burden to the reader. Here it is encapsulating, it drew me deeper into the mental space of the protagonist. 8 sweaters out of 10
"Black Manta" DC: The muted colors mesh perfectly with the static blocking and blurry line work, adding to the sense of a slow undercooked redemption arc that is boring and trite.
4 essence of life out of 10 6 essence of life out of 10
"Shepard: The Path Of Souls" Scout/Black Caravan: Remember earlier when I reviewed "Black Manta", I was wrong about it. This book is a 4/10, "Black Manta" is easily a couple points better than this hard to follow drivel. Perspective is everything