Chloe Noonan, Monster Hunter
Thursday, July 5, 2012
There have been a few books recently that whilst not dense or worthwhile enough to write a full review for still deserve your attention and potentially your pounds/ dollars. As a special bonus, my better half has also read them and has given a quick one line review for each, because, obviously, girls rule. What are they? Are they any good? Find out after the jump.
Our Love is Real
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Steven Sanders
Published by Image Comics
What the better half said: Sickening.
Everything by Hermann
Published by Dark Horse/ S.A.F. Comics
Hermann is a cartoonist who doesn’t get enough credit for his contribution to comics. Virtually unheard of in the English speaking world, Hermann is spoken about in Moebius level hushed tones in mainland
Europe where he is treated as one of the best to pick up a brush. Hopefully with Dark Horse releasing a large body of his work that will change, as he is without a doubt a creator that deserves a lot more praise from this side of the English Channel/ Atlantic. Set in a post apocalyptic future that instantly reminds of the Wild West, Jeremiah is an adolescent that is orphaned early on and is forced to find his way in the world, often with the help of his sort of friend, Kurdy. Each story within the omnibus (there are three stories within this one) is based on a concept as old as storytelling itself; the duo ride into a town, find something grossly wrong with the town, and Jeremiah, alongside a begrudging Kurdy, try and right the wrongs so that a happy ending can ensue. Real classic, boys own adventure stuff. What is different about this book though is the sheer beauty of Hermann’s artwork. Packed to the rafters with detail and strikingly beautiful, Jeremiah is one of the best looking books on the shelves, and doesn’t look its age at all, (Jeremiah was originally published in 1979.) Honestly, there is no artist this side of Jean Giraud himself that can render a natural landscape like Hermann, a bonus as most of Jeremiah is set outside with views that can only be described as John Ford Film beautiful, full of luscious red and orange hues. It truly is a striking book that shows Hermann deserves to be mentioned alongside Moebius, Herge, and Ezquerra as one of the best cartoonists to ever come out of Europe. The almost generic nature of the stories contained within the book can be forgiven when Hermann makes it look this good.
What the better half said: There is no way in hell you are getting me to read this.
Chloe Noonan, Monster Hunter
By Marc Ellerby
What the better half said: I like this, when is the next one coming out?
Set in the same world as last year’s Wolves, Cloonan’s last self published work, The Mire tells the tale of a young squire who, on the eve of battle, is sent to deliver a mysterious note to a seemingly deserted castle in the middle of a swamp that the comic gets its name from. What follows is a coming of age story for the squire as he is forced to grow up within the confines of twenty two pages. The timing of this book couldn’t be more perfect; Game of Thrones is the hottest of the hot right now and this story would not feel out of place within George Martin’s magnum opus. Whilst always known as versatile, Becky Cloonan has, in the last few years, gone from being a very good artist to a truly great one. Even though it is in black and white, Cloonan uses grey tones to make everything look rounded and vibrant and the differentiation of thickness in her line makes the art in the foreground really stand out. Something else Cloonan excels in is the ability to set the mood merely with the use of ink. The battlefield looks grizzly, the swamp creepy, and you can almost hear a pin drop in the empty castle the squire finds himself in. She is no slouch in the writing department either, with the dialogue having a natural sounding rhythm to it. Having said that, Cloonan knows where her strong suits lie and the art does most of the talking. This book is an incredibly rewarding experience and there are many worse comics you could spend your five dollars on.
What the better half said: So, who was whose mother?
What the better half said: Awwww, I feel well sorry for Diablo.