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Shakara: The Avenger (1) Paperback – September 13, 2011
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- Publisher : 2000 AD; 0 edition (September 13, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1907519939
- ISBN-13 : 978-1907519932
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.38 x 0.7 x 10.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,052,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've already mentioned Morrision's writing, but it's Flint's drawing that really tops this off. The strip is mainly drawn in black and white, giving it quite a retro feel, with only primary colours used as accents - such as for Shakara's read eyes and laser sword thing he wields. I won't say where other colours are used, because they are integral to some of the story, but the sparse use of colour really adds to the atmosphere of the story-telling.
Often, comic strips are written by different authors, or have different artists drawing different episodes. Shakara benefits hugely from being the vision of one writer and one artist, allowing the story to be told and to develop consistently and coherently. The introduction, written by Morrison and Flint, shows their mutual respect for each other, and illustrates why this character and this story just work. And they do. They work just brilliantly.
Perhaps you are a comic book veteran, mainly Marvel or DC, or are a 2000AD fan, or have come to comics via movies like Dredd. Whatever, just buy this, find a quiet corner and enjoy comic book writing at it's absolute best.
This actually collects all three Shakara stories published so far, whereas the hardback Shakara: Assassin only collects the first, but the hardback does actually print the strip at the original size it appeared in 2000AD, so it's worth getting just for that. This reprints the three strips at a smaller size (as are all of Rebellion's reprints) which is annoying but not to the point of adversely affecting the artwork. In fact as Shakara is a relatively new strip the print quality here is perfect - no badly reproduced pages like in Slaine: Warrior's Dawn, where they obviously no longer had access to the all of the original artwork.
The story itself also harks back to 2000AD's early days of frenetic alien action, so while not exactly sophisticated it's a lot of freaky alien fun. Great!