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The Chase (Last Man) Paperback – October 6, 2015
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"Vivés’ rough-hewn but flowing art still gives the manga-influenced book a distinctive visual flavor." ―Booklist
About the Author
Bastien Vivès was born in 1984 in Paris. He spent his childhood drawing with his brother. His studies focused on illustration and animation at the École des Gobelins. His first title came out in 2007.
Michaël Sanlaville graduated from the Emile Cohl school, and later the Gobelins, after which he followed twin careers in animation (at the Xilam studio) and in comics with Casterman Publishers.
Balak (aka Yves Bigerel) graduated from the Gobelins School of Animation in 2006. Balak works as a storyboard artist, 2D animator, and TV show director in France. He works with Marvel Comics on the new digital Infinite Comics brand, as a storyboard artist.
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Once again, this volume of The Last Man saga relies on knowledge of the previous two volumes. But in terms of story content it is a fantastic jumping on point for new readers. Adrian and his mother, Marianne, expand on the world of anachronisms and flights of fancy, in a stunning graphic novel, The Chase. As new vistas open, this book so far, has been the strongest of the three volumes in the series. A lot more character depth and mystery abounds in the pages of The Chase and the story rings more truly because of this. If only the series had started out this way.
The writing is much improved over the previous two installments, and this time around the centerpiece of Marianne’s character in both her role as a mother and in the mysterious knowledge she seems to hold. The Chase after The Last Man’s Richard Aldana, whom we find is a more mysterious man than in the previous two volumes (in which he really was a cypher). It’s the simple addition of more background to their characters that make this book more enduring than the last. In fact, most of the tension arises as you don’t seem to know these characters as well as you know them now, but there seems so much more to tell. The cookie cutter characters are now finally being fleshed out while still holding on to that serial feel.
The art just keeps getting better and better with each volume. Abandoned petroleum reservoirs, outlaw “police forces,” and panoramic port and cityscapes pepper the volume with panache, and even the manga-styled characters are looking more realistic (mind you that could be because I’m used to them by now). From driving across a wasteland, to a literal Kangaroo Courtroom’s antics, the action is brisk and fast paced through this artistic barrage. It seems that the artists have been saving up for this installment to deliver their punch; and it lands. The art isn’t rushed, but rather sweeps and flows to draw the reader into the page. Stylized in grey tones, you can almost imagine the colors leaping off the pages. Sound effects and word balloons are well placed and also serve well in guiding the viewer’s eye. You can hear the sounds of a port town, and it looks good.
For a more sophisticated viewing of the world of The Last Man, fans of Dragonball or Dragonball Z, manga, fight comics and video game admirers, The Chase is the graphic novel in the series you don’t want to miss.
This is the third book in the series and although I haven’t read the first two, I didn’t feel lost. It does a excellent job of explaining who the characters are, what they’ve done, and how they got here without slowing down the forward movement. There is just a lot of polished storytelling going on with this book.
The city they reach is full of some of the wackiest characters I’ve read in awhile. The cops are some kind of idiotic mutant that is closer to being bandits than law enforcement. They also have a beef with the local firemen. The court of law is actually a no-holds barred wrestling match and lawyers are professional fighters. There are just so many ‘what?!’ moments in this book and you’ll love every single one.
The art fits perfectly. It is both simple and complex. Cartoony and realistic. It makes this wacky world come to life and makes the unbelievable believable. It has a European vibe about it while evoking some manga influences when it comes to the action. It is also very unique and distinct. It is colored in grays, which works, but I would really love to see it in color. The simple lines almost beg for color.
The books teeters on the edge of all ages. There is never anything said or shown outright that would make it adult only, but there is a brothel and the cops talk about raping. Should be okay for pre-teens, but parents may want to have a conversation with their kids either before or after.
This is the perfect book for readers who want a great action story and a world that keeps expanding, but are tired of the usual superhero books.
Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review