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Safety-Belt Man #6
posted June 26, 2006
Robb Horan, the Fillbach Brothers
I had to keep re-reading this one before I found a hook that would draw me in enough to sustain my interest for several pages. The comic seems to be all denouement
; if it's not, this is one laconic story, full of phrases like "Wisdom cannot be corruption, and it is wisdom that infuses the secret scripture." I suppose there's a slight chance that all of the revelations and grim-faced choices being made here might have an impact if you've been reading the story up to now, but it certainly had no impact on me.
The art is very boring, and as the characters converse and make speeches in a netherworld kind of place, there's almost no detail amidst the glumly painted solid-color backgrounds. The color choices are awfully odd, and done in a way that makes it seem like someone stole my black and white comic and painted on it when I wasn't looking. There is some weird swipe action going on here, too: the top of page 13 looks dead-on like Bernie Mireault, while some of the lettering looks like Russell/Gilbert fantasy work. This was neither an entertaining or a comprehensible read.
This review was written in the late 1990s as part of a then-ongoing freelance gig; I apologize if it reads oddly or seems incomplete.