This just doesn’t cut it for me. There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with the writing, it’s well thought out and the dialogue is okay, but it doesn’t blow me away. The whole ‘other-dimensional shtick’ has been done a million times before and needs to be a hundred times better to grab my attention.
A great deal of the pleasure of Donald Westlake’s Parker books (written under the nom de plume of Richard Stark, as the unwieldly IDW titles are careful to remind us) comes from watching a man who knows what he’s doing do what he does.
These two oversize hardbacks reprint material from various Archie titles each concentrating on the work of a single artist. The reproduction is excellent and the colouring, based on the original guides, very sympathetic to the glossy paper.
If this book, the first volume in IDW’s “Chilling Archives of Horror Comics”, is any indication of what the future holds in store, we’re in for a treat. This gorgeous large-size hardback is priced to be affordable, loaded with wonderful artwork, printed beautifully and selected appropriately to showcase all the different faces of Dick Briefer’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Barney Google was the great picaresque comic strip of the 1920s and 30s. Billy DeBeck’s artwork, more notable for its energy more than for its draftsmanship, was unique on the comics page, a scribbly, gestural line supported by shrewd shading and opulent backgrounds that were more suggested than drawn.