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Live It Up
posted January 4, 2006

Creators: Al Hartley
Publishing Information: Spire Christian Comics
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My favorite comic from the recent quarter-bin diving at my hometown's comic shop, Live It Up is a disco-era re-telling of the Prodigal Son story. Reckless brother Pete's million-dollar binge is all silk shirts, gold jewelry and clever put-downs like "Monkey Feathers!!" And the shocked look on his face, repeated panel after panel like a Mel Brooks movie, is worth the $.39 cover price all on its own.

The best thing about the book, however, is Al Hartley's use of graphic tableaus to aid his storytelling, which act as summary statements to move the narrative forward in time. The "binge" tableau is killer: champagne, scarf-wearing babes, a woman saying "Fantastic Party, Pete!!" and a mariachi band. I want to party with this guy.

Unfortunately, he ended up losing all of his money, eating with pigs and being reunited with his godly father and disgruntled nerd brother Jeff.

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.