Tale of One Bad Rat
are made to be broken, but not all of them. To not review two titles from one
publisher in the same month is an arbitrary rule, and now broken.
molest a child is criminal.
Tale of One Bad Rat is the poignant, brilliantly told story of a rule
a role of thumb, its also unwise to review a series from a single issue,
especially from its last.
Rat is a penetrating four-issue miniseries that explores child abuse and its
terrible impact on a young woman, Helen.
powerful is its very real dialog and complicated family relationships.
Helens big imaginary rat.
Bad Rat also escapes the error of comics overflowing with
hatred and self pity because the world just isn't fair. Writer Bryan Talbot
balances the injustice of Helen's twisted, sick father and mother with the
equally real love and respect of her 'adopted' family.
art, between the big foot and realistic schools of illustration, is powerful in
its simplicity. Ripe with facial expressions and diversity, the subtleties of
body language, and the sweeping beauty of his country settings, art doesn't get
much better than Talbot's.
still, ...Bad Rat is an adult comic book.
"adult" label on literature should promise mature insight and
experience, not the mindless sex and violence that should exclude young
one of the best comic books of 1995, ...Bad Rat fulfills that promise.
title, published by Caliber Press is comics by committee, this aimless journey
into a world at war with zombies is at war with itself. An unfocused plot marred
by constant changes in artistic teams kills any chance of reader involvement in
this fantasy and horror misadventure.
salute Suspended Animation readers in the Tahlequah Neighbors newspaper. Drop us
is not dirty.
is sex not exploitive in comics? When it is the new graphic novel, Tangents.
his acclaimed Streak of Chalk, Spanish artist Miguelanxo Prado returns
with a collection of short stories about meaningless sex.
And how is this not exploitive?
is about men and women who come together for illicit sex. They know their trysts
are empty, filled with ambition instead of love, physical pleasure without
emotional joy, lost opportunities, and wasted hopes. These lonely people share
failed relationships based on lies. They know they are lies; the act of love is
that and nothing more; an act.
is an undercurrent of sadness, of lost innocence and, much more importantly,
lost love that permeates all of Trappings.
is why Tangents is not sexually exploitive.
is also why. The acts are not explicit. Nudity is painfully realistic and
unflattering. The language is "clean."
stretches graphic story telling in his explorations of adult subject using
subtlety without the tawdry titillation of exploitation. His beautifully painted
panels, his timing, realistic dialog and anatomy are icing on an already
is comics for adults. This is literature with pictures. This is why you should
be reading comics if you arent.
Tangents is only for adults. It is full of nudity and situations and
subtle truth that arent suitable for children or understood by many adults.
is one of the outstanding graphic novels for adults in 1996. Buy it.
by Claypool Comics. Still the best (and only) vampiric soap opera in comic
Wars: Dark Empire
by Dark Horse comics. Classic pulp science fiction with dynamic art and drama.
Minus a slick cover, it's only 99 cents! One of the best buys in comic books
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