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Kickback Hardcover – September 5, 2006

3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; First Edition edition (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593076592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593076597
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,976,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ann M. Willbanks on January 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
David Lloyd's new Graphic Novel delivers what it promises: a crime-noir thriller, but with more depth than one usually sees in this genre. The premise is familiar, the plot recognizable, but what makes this story more than a cop drama is the art.

Lloyd's art grabs the story and lifts it out of its genre and smacks it around with multifaceted techniques, cinematic perspective, and brilliant brush strokes. Some panels were literally breathtaking. His use of color is skillfully applied in order to pound primal emotional responses when the action heats up and softer, even humorous, touches when the story calls for it. The color and technique lay a vivid foundation beneath the story itself that works subliminally to magnify reader involvement with the text, and even more powerfully when there is no text at all.

Unlike a text-only story, Lloyd's new graphic novel gives the reader a multidimensional experience that is best savored slowly and more than once in order to truly appreciate his considerable talents.

Ann Marie
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Kickback, the most recent work by artist David Lloyd, whisks the viewer into the world of corruption and greed in this intense crime-noir thriller. Lloyd plays the roles of both artist and writer in this masterpiece, deftly weaving language and imagery to entice the audience to be an active participant, rather than a passive reader. The use of earth tones in monochrome in many passages conveys the grit of the city, as seen through the eyes of a disillusioned "bad cop." However, there is an underlying softness in Lloyd's illustrations, with occasional splashes of color subtly portraying visual puns and even the pathos of a particular character. As opposed to most Graphic Novel's harsh black outlines and garish colors, Lloyd masters light and shadow to give the impression of depth. With Kickback, David Lloyd truly comes of age.
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As always with Lloyd, the art in this book is excellent. I enjoyed this book, but I thought the story needed to be thought through a little bit better. It's worth the read in digital for sure, and if your a Lloyd collector, why not.

It's about a police detective with a memory problem, who finds himself in the middle of a war between the police and gangs. He ultimately must protect an informant, but from who, to get to the bottom of what started the war.

All the police stuff is great, and the action involved around him solving the mystery and protecting the informant is very compelling. My reservation with the work, was that I just didn't quite buy into the source of the memory problem. It could have related to the core of the story better.

I'd would have given this 3.5 stars if allowed to do so, but you can't give half stars here, so I went with 3 because. I just don't quite see it as four star.

Good for a rainy day.

For a really crazy story that you might like, check this"Transmetropolitan
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A solid work of crime drama from the artist of V for Vendetta. The story follows a bad cop attempting to piece together his past while trying to right some of his wrongs by investigating a brutal crime that may have ties to the police department. Llyod's artwork sets the tone; the drab, almost muddy colors help establish the noir feel and symbolize the messy morals of the characters. Lloyd also pulls off the dreamy feeling and psychedelic tone brought on by the nightmares of the main character, Joe Canelli, with ease.

The story, if fairly simple, is competently organized, and the dialogue is pretty sharp most of the time (although, you can tell when an English writer is writing for American characters by the way they discuss sports, but that's a whole other thing).

A tad predictable in spots and the aforementioned muddy colors can be a little distracting so that keeps it at a 4/5.

Recommended for fans of Criminal by Brubaker and Philips, the crime work of Brian Azzarello, and V for Vendetta.
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David Lloyd's art is some of my favorite in comics today, partly because of a very subtle realism he brings to ever frame and partly because I'm drawn to work that used a lot of heavy shadows. Often figures and scenes will be completely dark except for a tiny bit of skillful highlighting which brings the whole thing into three dimensions. It's the kind of thing I'm trying to accomplish with my own art.

The story in Kickback is a bit too short, I think, but very dense, so it takes a few times reading it to get all the details. I wish it were longer because there's a lot in there that can be explored further. I really enjoyed it and I hope Mr. Lloyd decides to continue the story.
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