- File Size: 20053 KB
- Print Length: 126 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Back That Elf Up; 1 edition (September 21, 2014)
- Publication Date: September 21, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NTC5CWM
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,687,907 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This graphic novel is a lot of fun, but it's hard to say whether I would have felt quite as drawn into it had I not already read some of Tarwater's novellas set in the same world. I'd like to think so, though it would have taken me a little longer to acclimate to the unique slang of said world, and I'd have had more need of the handy guide/extras in the back.
I appreciated both the humor and the darkness, the freewheeling sexuality, and the depth of the relationships given the relative shortness of the book. Shamsee is a likeable ne'er-do-well, and its fun to see the trouble he gets into while at the same time seeing him through the eyes of other people, such as his sister or his lovers.
Ricker's art is fine, though it's kind of sparse. I would have liked to see richer detail: more texture and dirt where there is instead a plain white wall. Pockmarked floorboards where there is clean new wood. Huddled masses in the streets, instead of neatly swept, sandy thoroughfares. That sort of thing. But this is as much a matter of personal taste as it is a matter of art matching a story.
I hope Tarwater and Ricker plan to produce more work together. I would love to see these characters again, in this format.
Because of his job-averse-ness he owes money to Blighter, and Blighter is not amused. Blighter wants to put all this behind him; he knows that Shamsee will never pay him back the money he owes him, and it might just be more fun to watch his dogs, Hands and Faces (named for the things they most like to bite, I think) eat Shamsee. Certain satisfaction in that.
Shamsee is nothing if not charming, though, and manages to buy some time to avoid being dog food. That's where the story starts.
Tristan Tarwater's dialogue sparkles and she drops in place names, swears to new gods, and other tidbits that set this story and these characters in a fully realized fictional world, Tarwater's The Valley of Ten Crescents. The characters' motivations and personality are built on a solid foundation, and then Adrian Ricker illustrates them with a deft hand and helped by an assist from Michelle Nguyen's gorgeous colors, expanding the world even further. That world has a subtle tilt to it, one that I found intriguing and left me wanting to learn more.
The comic is a brisk, delightful read, and I was glad to have backed this project on Kickstarter. Both writer and artist are locals in my hometown of Portland, and I could not be happier to support creators of this caliber.
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