Psychonaut #3

     Published by Monster Pants Comics, an off-center collection of introspective thoughts from Serbian cartoonist Aleksandar Zograf.

     Flip this magazine over, and it becomes a brief preview of an independent film called The Pursuers.

     You will flip over both.

     Both features are drawn in a scratchy, abstract style reminiscent of 1960's underground comics. That means neither artist is as interested in an exact representation of reality as in an interpretation of reality filtered through the artist's life experiences.

     The same observation is true of the subjects and prose styles chosen.

     Psychonaut is an almost surreal but visual diary of Aleksandar's philosophical musings. Unlike similar American titles that whine about how life stinks, this title is saved from banality because it is not cheapened by self-loathing.

     Also introspective and subjective, The Pursurers is more plot oriented, and effectively will pique reader's interest in seeing the film.

     Both serve their purposes: to communicate the personalities and life observations of their creators in an entertaining and precise way.


     Review by Michael Vance


Saint Angel

     Issue #O is a source-book that sets the stage and introduces the characters in a new, epic fantasy from Image/Hyperwerks Comics.

     Imagine Star Wars written by J.R.R. Tolkien, or a Wagnerian opera in which the fat lady doesn't sing.

     As a source-book, you will not find much story here. This is a titillating visual and prose taste of an adventure and the world it is set in that will begin in Angel #1.

     That taste includes tangy, distinctive art that, while reality-based, reflects an exaggerated anatomy perfect for epic fantasy.

     The visual story-telling is clean, dynamic and enhanced by enticing coloring. Each character is distinctive. Although cheesecake seems the staple diet of most of its women, Saint Angel thankfully is not visual smut.

     That taste also includes an arranged marriage to thwart a war between nations, the slightly stilted dialog that only works in opera and epic fantasy, and enough characterization to whet the appetite for more.

     Try a bite.

     Review by Michael Vance