- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse; First Edition edition (August 22, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593076592
- ISBN-13: 978-1593076597
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,064,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kickback Hardcover – September 5, 2006
Top Customer Reviews
Lloyd's art grabs the story and lifts it out of its genre and smacks it around with multifaceted techniques, cinematic perspective, and brilliant brush strokes. Some panels were literally breathtaking. His use of color is skillfully applied in order to pound primal emotional responses when the action heats up and softer, even humorous, touches when the story calls for it. The color and technique lay a vivid foundation beneath the story itself that works subliminally to magnify reader involvement with the text, and even more powerfully when there is no text at all.
Unlike a text-only story, Lloyd's new graphic novel gives the reader a multidimensional experience that is best savored slowly and more than once in order to truly appreciate his considerable talents.
The story in Kickback is a bit too short, I think, but very dense, so it takes a few times reading it to get all the details. I wish it were longer because there's a lot in there that can be explored further. I really enjoyed it and I hope Mr. Lloyd decides to continue the story.
I had fun with Arsène Lupin and the Countess of Cagliostro and Raffles and Rocambole.
But, now that I think of it, I am not really a big fan of most of the modern crime comics I've read... the usual crime story opening, stuff like: "The night's as hot as hell. It's a lousy room in a lousy part of a lousy town - I'm staring at a goddess. She's telling me she wants me. I'm not going to waste one more minute wondering how I've gotten this lucky" might bore me, unless the artwork is virtuoso enough. I enjoyed Frank Miller's SIN CITY, but some of that dialog, being read aloud, sounds somewhat silly. The stories are entertaining, true, but there is not much depth involved.
And probably that's why crime comics are considered "inferior" to crime prose novels. However, there is one notable exception: KICKBACK, written and drawn by David Lloyd, creator of V FOR VENDETTA!
The first words drift far away from the usual beginnings of a crime comic. And that's good. No lousy rooms, no lousy parts of a lousy town, just a talk about a dream: "Okay. I will tell you about it. I'm in a dark warehouse... at least., that's what it feels like... there's ironwork -- spears of metal -- all around me... I'm on a catwalk that's too narrow to turn around on, so I start to make my way along it in the direction I'm facing... ahead of me, it seems to grow narrower... I can't see to the end of it... then, as I move along it, I see someone coming towards me... I try to make out who it is, but there's a kind of mist...". I thought it was a great way to begin a crime novel. With the description of a dream that is also an essential part of the story in many ways.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it's just not for me, the story stinks PERIOD. Not much more to say. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.Published on July 20, 2013 by Mr. EggRolls
As always with Lloyd, the art in this book is excellent. I enjoyed this book, but I thought the story needed to be thought through a little bit better. Read morePublished on November 17, 2012 by buttinaseat
A solid work of crime drama from the artist of V for Vendetta. The story follows a bad cop attempting to piece together his past while trying to right some of his wrongs by... Read morePublished on June 1, 2012 by BS