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Mister Blank #3
posted December 19, 2005
Christopher J. Hicks
Amaze Ink, $2.95
A light-hearted super-duper/action comic in the light-hearted science-fiction vein. In this issue, our hero Sam Smith follows the Mime deep into the heart of the N building, where he keeps running into doppelgangers of himself. One of the doppelgangers is contrary; the other looks potentially deadly (he is at least to the contrary doppelganger.)
Smith seems to be going for a really lean, fundamentally sound comics storytelling approach, heavy on basic, iconic imagery and cartoon-style action lines. He does a decent job of it, although the character designs and the individual drawings are nothing to write about, and the storytelling tricks sometimes seem forced (particularly when he has multiple figures in a panel). In addition, the story at this point is basic menu genre formulae, albeit with the sort of reduction in fanboy anal details: think Mage
rather than anything from the mega-corporations. But conventions stripped of their fannish accretions are still conventions -- lean doesn't necessarily mean good.
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.