- 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: #1,757,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kickback Hardcover – September 5, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it's just not for me, the story stinks PERIOD. Not much more to say. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.Published on July 20, 2013 by Mr. EggRolls
i guess my main problem with this book was how much it lacked in any real substance
-art is drab and boring
-story is well thought out but written poorly
-no... Read more
I grew up in the tradition of nice Arthur Conan Doyle stories and the Sherlock Holmes mythos.
I had fun with Arsène Lupin and the Countess of Cagliostro and... Read more