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Cash & Carry Paperback – February 15, 2008
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Old-fashioned cloak-and-dagger stories are rare in graphic novels, in which flashier, otherworldly scenarios usually trump more prosaic ones. In this tale of intrigue and double-crossing industrial spies, the artwork takes a backseat to a down-to-earth, gripping story line. Broderick continues his Odd Jobs series, begun in Something to Build Upon (2005), by sending protagonist David Diangelo on a perilous cross-country trip with a mysterious briefcase. Freelancing as a courier for the nebulous firm of Benton & Howell, Diangelo heads for Vegas carrying either a valuable disk or simply an empty briefcase. Along the way, he stumbles across a dead body in a hotel room and tangles with a pair from a rival organization, proving that his latest odd job may be one he barely escapes with his life. Broderick’s boxy, minimalist pen-and-ink drawings may not win any artistic awards, but his sure command of plot and dialogue has already earned him an option from Warner Brothers for a possible TV series based on Diangelo’s unusual escapades. --Carl Hays
"Old-fashioned cloak-and-dagger stories are rare in graphic novels, in which flashier, otherworldly scenarios usually trump more prosaic ones. In this tale of intrigue and double-crossing industrial spies, the artwork takes a backseat to a down-to-earth, gripping story line. Broderick¹s boxy, minimalist pen-and-ink drawings may not win any artistic awards, but his sure command of plot and dialogue has already earned him an option from Warner Brothers for a possible TV series based on Diangelo's unusual escapades." --Booklist
With a clear, cartoony style and solid storytelling, Tim Broderick entices you into the seamy world of Odd Jobs. --Gene Yang, National Book Award nominee and winner of the American Library Association's Printz Award for American Born Chinese
A deceptively textured commentary on the vagaries of modern life and the loss of privacy, CASH & CARRY is a fine blend of comic strip and corruption, of panic and paranoia. It's both fun and frightening. --Reed Farrel Coleman, Shamus, Barry, and Anthony Award-winning author of Soul Patch
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Wow. I wasn't prepared for how much nicer it was to read on a printed page. I already like Broderick's work, but looking at it in print, you can see the art in the way it was meant to be seen, I guess.
This is a great story. As with all the Odd Jobs books, it throws you into the middle of a running situation that grows in complexity until the big reveal at the end (which has its own complexity). It's amazing how much "story per page" Broderick puts in (there was a negative review here talking about the fact that this seems to only be part of a larger story--to me, that's kind of the point of all of Broderick's writing--everything is always connected out to something else, and you're always learning a little here and a little there about those threads).
Broderick's noir-without-trying-too-hard style has such a distinct feel--makes me think it should be classed in a "noirpunk" subgenre or something.
I'll definitely look at picking up more of his work in print now that I've had the "printed experience" :). Here's hoping the Odd Jobs series has a long and healthy life!