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Saturday, August 21, 2004

Revolver one reviewed

Erin publicly promised guest blogs while she is away, so I figured I better deliver. Consider me Comic Queen for the day. With that, let's get on with it.

Revolver volume one by Canadian artist Salgood Sam (aka Max Douglas) is the first in what is to be an ongoing anthology. This volume contains 10 different pieces, two of which will be continued into volume two. These two pieces, Pin City: Part One of Bliss and The Rise and Fall of it All: Act 1 - a Cube with a View are the meat of the book. They were definitely what I enjoyed the most, while the other pieces in the book are really hit or miss for me.

Pin City, in particular, shows a lot of promise. It revolves around Joseph Cotton, an inhabitant of some future city that can't remember his past or quite how he got there. He carries around a journal so he can record where he is going and where he's been. So far it seems it could go the way of Dark City or Memento.

The Rise and Fall of it is the story of a man, Elliot, who has gone from a data entry like job to being unemployed back to being employed again by the same company and doing the same job. This story is an adaptation of an experimental piece by a composer, John O'Brien. There is a website where you can listen to the audio that inspired it, as you read.

Sam's story-telling is linear and effective, but what I was most impressed with the way he draws buildings. The cityscape pictures throughout the book are rich and detailed. He includes many little architectural details that other artists might choose to neglect. He also doesn't always draw from the perspective that one would expect. There are pages draw to look like you are right under a building gazing up at the sky and others like you are just entering a deserted city square. A lot of the drawings have a lot of great texture and shading that adds layers and complexity to the story.

The author's note at the end of the book says that he expects to put out two issues a year. I sure wish volume two was coming out sooner than that.

You can purchase Revolver one from the Revolver Comix website. The website also includes a gallery of art from the volume.

- Kerry

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