“Elegant” is the best word to describe the expanded and reworked print edition of the Immonens’ webcomic about a young woman’s experience as a member of the art world’s underground railroad in Nazi-occupied Paris. Stuart’s pencils are sublime — there’s not a single line that doesn’t belong, and the same could be said for Kathryn’s pared-down dialogue that speaks volumes in the silence that it willfully embraces. It’s a delight to read a comic that is so restrained and thoughtful but still manages to capture and invoke a broad swath of emotions.
If the Immonens’ Moving Pictures is a model of restraint in service of a good story, Cowboy Ninja Vikingis a goofy, glorious mess of high concept (secret agents with multiple personalities go to war against each other) and seemingly disparate goals that manage to cohere into something quite enjoyable by the end of the first volume. A.J. Lieberman’s scripts are funny and reward the audience’s trust once the plot is underway and are perfectly matched by Riley Rossmo’s duotone art. Like Chew? Read this.
So, so, so much better than I would have thought a noir anthropomorphic comic could have managed. After reading the just first story, I was very glad that Blacksad is now in print again.
No prize, no contest, no nothing. I just feel a bit more chatty than usual. Ask questions about stuff, I’ll answer them! (Note: I will not answer personal questions out of respect to the deceased and barely-living that are trapped in my basement.)