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5 Shots Perfect Paperback – October 3, 2007
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Johnson doesn't assume that his readers are stupid - which I like. You won't get up front exposition, you will figure things out as you go along, ... - Lisa Fary --Pink Raygun. Com
5 Shots takes on social commentary as well as crime drama and hits the right notes. Leroy S. Douresseaux - Reviewer --ComicBin.Com
About the Author
Jemir Robert Johnson creates crime fiction, mystery thrillers, science fiction and urban hard life tales with a pulp dime novel sensibility. He also not much for words ... that is all :-).
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murder, mayhem, and action surrounding Jay Nova; an African American investigator who has the gift of reading the minds of others.
In Dead Line she has to find a way to save her partner, Randy, by finding something the men holding him want.
The story Sunset finds Jay looking for a missing person only to end up as prey.
The Knight in Question has Jay searching for a rappers friend's killer, but her search yields a secret that could damage his street credibility.
Forward Fast has Jay and Randy searching for someone held for ransom only to gather that the very person they were paid to find may have ratted them out; blowing their cover.
Burning Flag puts Jay in a compromising position. She owes an ex-friend a favor but this `friend' wants her dead. Will her psychic abilities alert her? Or will Jay Nova only exist in memories?
5 Shots was an intense, quick read. The graphics were on point and realistic. The editing made it difficult to understand and, at some points, I was unable to tell who was talking or if some of the stories were narrated. It was refreshing to see an African American woman with such strong qualities though. It was obvious that Jay Nova could pull her weight in the male dominated world of investigations. Graphic novel fans and those who enjoy Jemir Robert Johnson's work will truly enjoy 5 Shots.
Reviewed by Darnetta Frazier
The ones I occassionally read are in the slice- of -life arena. I may even invest in crudely drawn furry animals if they have nasty dispositions about everything in life.
Honestly 5 Shots is a switch up that caught my attention for its cover and me wanting something light to read on a bus trip the next day. In between the covers are 5 short stories focusing on a street smart woman that can read minds and come from the shoulder (fight) with the best of them.
Some of the stories have elements right out of a crime noir action movie with hard edged criminals, violent biker gangs, rowdy rap star entourages and killers who have nothing to lose with not an honest cop in sight. These things, by themselves, are nice devices if you're into that. Likewise the motivation of Jay Nova, the main character, to get her usually spoiled or ungrateful clients out of trouble with these types without going public or involving authorities is also noteworthy.
But what made the reads enjoyable enough to finish in one sitting was the sharp and playfully antagonistic verbal exchanges between Jay and her partner, Randy, which had me chuckling in spots. In fact some of the dialogue strands were a breath of fresh air and brought to mind the banter between the Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta characters from Pulp Fiction.
The art - the credits list four separate artists working on the five stories - is very engaging and works well with the size and format. My favorite works could be seen in the first story drawn by Luis Sierra and the last story (called Burning Flag) drawn by Shawn Decker which, because it is so thematically layered, happens to be my favorite story over all. It is easy to admire 5 Shots for its strength of vision and, on a personal note, being one of the few graphic novel collections featuring a strong,African-American, female lead of which I'm aware. Top to bottom great popcorn fun for a thinking reader in search of well paced action. Hope to see more Jay Nova in the future.