August 14, 2006
People Are Talking About Others’ Comics
"These are 31 packed pages, a marvelous balance of weird myth, compelling half-history, classy sex & violence, old-fashioned war adventure, and dense themes of religious mania rising up to replace one reality with another, and how the corporeal form is so much less important than the ideas that said form leaves in its historical wake. It's up to the reader to determine what David B. means to conclude from all of this, but it's ambiguity in its most satisfying, stimulating form, a story as eager to engage the pulse and the gut as the mind. It never fails to astound me how easily David B. can mold his hugely symbolic art style into tight panels of action that operate on no less a visceral level than stories not presented in upper-crust, 'literary' anthologies, but he's not failed yet from the admittedly small look we've gotten in English. This is the sort of impossibly smart, lovely comic that pinches you awake, and forces you to consider that yes, perhaps anything really is possible after all." -- Jog on David B. and Mome Volume Four.
"This is the comic that introduces the archenemy of Samaritan, the Superman-archetype for Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson's Astro City. His name is Infidel, and as you can see he draws on Muslim iconography even more openly than Samaritan draws on the Christian variety, transforming the hero's vaguely dove-like symbol into a crescent and star. I don't think Busiek and co-designer Alex Ross intend any cultural judgments with this juxtaposition; they're just following the logic of comic book antagonisms, distorting Samaritan's imagery and concept to come up with his opposite number." -- Marc Singer on Astro City Special #1.
"It works well, starting off with a loud and over-the-top sequence of events as Conan deals with an ambush, but then shifts into something much more subtle and atmospheric. It sounds strange when talking about printed material, but Mignola's first issue of Conan starts out very loud and then slowly drops in volume until it's almost too quiet in its stillness, as the situation that Conan's in begins to make itself clear. It's very effective, luring the reader into a false sense of complicity just like Conan himself, as well as making for an excellent cliffhanger." -- Greg McElhatton on Conan #29.
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