Image Comics 2015
Written by Ales Kot
Illustrated by Will Tempest
Lettered by Clayton Cowles
This reaffirms for me the belief that Ales is one of the most refreshing new voices to write stories these days. Aside from charming good looks and laid back nature it’s his mind that’s his most amazing feature it belies the fact that what he writes isn’t for those that skim through books he has things to say and opinions that are his and his ability to transform them into stories that can enlighten or educate you in ways you don’t realize really does make him one of my favorite writers. I’d love to grab a few bottles of wine and great cheese tray and just talk to the man and get lost in how his mind actually works and if it’s anything like what we see here it would be one of those experiences to remember for a lifetime.
Case in point the opening of this book eloquently describes man’s loss of self and creativity with the ever growing reliance upon technology and devices. It poses an interesting question really one that the younger generations are incapable of frequently understanding or being able to answer. The artwork that accompanies this is pretty darn good too Will has his own unique style that fits in perfectly with Ales’ writing and it’s nice to see such cohesion between words and pictures.
We see Nylon Dahlias an actress whose fame and demand is waning at the moment and we get a good look at her life at the moment. Granted it seems more like that of Lindsay Lohan than not but the way the narration goes she’s kind of someone you want to watch but don’t like the train wreck that was Anna Nicole we all watched with rapt attention because it was that weird and ridiculous we couldn’t stop watching.
Actually the narration or boxes that describe the players in this book was really well constructed. To me personally it does a great job in describing how people are perceived nowadays and whether they are important or not according to new societal norms.
When we hit Chicago and the police versus the protestors things get a little more controversial. Again however much is public perception that the media and government gives us and not by any means what I consider the whole picture so that we can accurately assess the reality of what’s happening. Now the interlude in Oklahoma City is weird even by my standards but ya know what it doesn’t matter it adds something to the mix and draws attention to many problems with modern attention spans. Though I will say this the last three panels of page 11 made me smile.
Follow the continuing tales of these characters as we follow them through what is to become their lives. It’s unexpected, interesting, thought provoking and just weird enough at times to make you perk up and have to re-read it to make sure you are following it what you read. Forget the angsty super-heroes and hard to follow continuity problems they inspire and join Ales and company for a different kind of reading material.
Sure it’s great to read about the strange and fantastic but most of the time real life is stranger than fiction.