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Polar: Came From the Cold Hardcover – November 26, 2013
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An older man and a woman are in a snowbound cabin as assassins creep up on him. We learn that he is a former agent known as Black Kaiser. We also learn pretty early on that he is not easy to kill. But his former employers at the Damocles Agency are determined and relentless. Black Kaiser is kidnapped and tortured at one point. If he gets away is for you to find out.
The art by Victor Santos is striking. It's reminiscent of Frank Miller's Sin City work. Blocky, abstract, minimal color. Some of the full page works are genius. The story is not new, but serves as a vehicle here to deliver great art. That's not a bad tradeoff in my opinion.
I was given a copy of this graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributors and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to read this striking and artistic graphic novel.
The comic is incredibly stylised using only white, black, red and the absolute minimum of detail with many characters being silhouettes or even negatives as they are ‘dealt’ with. If you gave this to me as the art for Amazing X-Men or any mainstream comic I would hand it straight back with a less than polite ‘no thank you.’ However for this book and this story it works incredibly well. It is hard to explain why but I am sure there are various metaphors for the character seeing the world in black and white, with no shades of grey and the only colour he sees is the blood red of his victims, but frankly I am above those sort of crass allegories and am quite happy to let it speak for itself.
To be honest this book should be everything I hate about comics. All story. with little text, told by art that I should not like, but this is a definitive example of something being worth more than the sum of its parts.Read more ›
A deadly spy has retired but finds himself the target of an assassination out of the blue. He must track down the snake to the lair in order eliminate the threat and return to his idyll. But the path is rocky and full of danger, friends will betray, and women will seduce.
If the premise sounds familiar, it shouldn't be surprising. We really have seen this styple over and over. It has all the noir cliches - embittered former anti-hero, buxom 1940s fashioned female temptresses, maniacal villains with quirky characteristics, the hard betray by those once trusted, etc. The story clearly owes a lot of James Bond as much as the artwork owes to Sin City.
Because this was originally a wordless comic, a lot is told in the images. Often, the reader is bombarded by a stylistic page of small squares full of little closeups. It can be a bit confusing. And yet, I did feel that perhaps the dialogue wasn't necessarily needed and more of a nod to 'stupid American audience who need to be told the obvious'. It lost a lot of the quiet feel by having the dialogue in there. And it focused intent that might better have been more nebulous and perhaps better left up to the reader to interpret. That mixture of disingenuous dialogue with ambiguous did bring the experience down for me, admittedly.
As romance is a draw for women, I think noir is the natural draw for men.Read more ›
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Very basic Bourne style story. Quick read. The art style and design of the book give it an extra star.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer