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Strange Science Fantasy Paperback – April 12, 2011


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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600108881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600108884
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,740,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jamie S. Rich on March 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
No secret that I'm a big fan of my old pal Scott Morse and will read anything he puts out, but STRANGE SCIENCE FANTASY is a game changer of creativity for the artist. Serialized by IDW as a six-issue mini last year, STRANGE SCIENCE FANTASY was an imaginative, unhinged run through various one-off ideas Scott had. Racing automobile gangs, high-tech samurais, a dude with a motion picture camera for a head--these were just half of the jumping-off points Scott came up with, and just the beginning of what each installment had to offer. Each issue stands alone as its own cool comic, a throwback to the freaky Jack Kirby monster comics the King did for Marvel in the 1960s, and Scott explores every corner of the individual ideaa, mapping out new worlds in clever, playful ways.

Even better, when you get to the end, you will discover there is a grand design running through the whole thing, it's not just a random collection of one-offs. Scott is batting around the storytelling impulse, questioning and exploring why humans are drawn to mythologize. The last issue works as a heady finish, like a comic book big bang reverberating out into a universe of possibilities.

The stories that Scott tells are not all that is interesting about STRANGE SCIENCE FANTASY, though, it's also how he tells his tales. Scott doesn't employ a traditional comics style, but something more like what Kyle Baker does, a blend of regular sequential page creation and storyboarding. The images and the words are arranged more as pictures and captions, like a picture book, and there aren't really word balloons. It gives STRANGE SCIENCE FANTASY a leaner, more facile appearance.
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I love Scott Morse's brush drawings, they are fast nervous and efficient. I love his picture framing and the way things seem to fly in the frames. Scott Morse show genius and art when he builds up a comic mythology with these short stories.
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By ASG on September 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
This really is a fantastic book and deserves far more positive reviews than it has. I'm new to Scott Morse. In fact, this was the first of his work that I've read. I'm no stranger to graphic novels and am pretty familiar with the conventions of the genre. Since comics are the combination of words and images, I'll address those separately.

The stories are a sort of campy fun. The title of the book is really appropriate. The stories are strange, have some science and some fantasy. Each seems disconnected from the next until the last story. That one explains how all the stories tie together. For some, the ending will be predictable. I might have seen it coming too, but I was so drawn into the world of each tale that I wasn't thinking much about how these might fit together.

As for the art, this is where this book really shines. One of the things I liked most is how Morse tosses the 'conventional' panel arrangement out the window. In most cases, there are three horizontal panels per page with a sentence or two underneath each one and little to no dialog from the characters. While that might sound boring, the result is that each panel really has to communicate a lot about the story, which they do marvelously. The sentences accompanying the panels felt to me like a voice over narration that reminded me of pulp-type movies, which really worked well and contributed to the style of storytelling here. Since the words were so sparse, I found myself spending a lot of time with the images, absorbing what each panel communicated about the story being told. No doubt about it, Morse's artwork is beautiful and dynamic.

I was so impressed with this book that I've been snatching up his other works because not only is he a good storyteller, he's a great artist. This is a book that I would whole-heartedly recommend. Don't borrow it from a friend, don't check it out from the library. Just buy it. Display it proudly. You won't be sorry.
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