Saturday, January 26, 2008

FSSMTW 5: JACK STAFF SPECIAL #1



JACK STAFF SPECIAL #1

This is the first color comic of Paul Grist's I've read. I realize that Jack Staff has been published in color for 13 issues (however many years that's been), but I never actually picked those up, even though I thoroughly enjoyed Kane and absolutely loved the first Jack Staff series (bucking critical consensus, I prefer Jack Staff).

This is the book that's meant to inaugurate the now-monthly Jack Staff series and it's a fun book. It doesn't play with time or use many of the narrative tricks Grist usually employs, which was a little disappointing. But this might be because the story spans a thousand years for a bit of shaggy-dog super villainy.

Visually, Grist continues in his Toth-does-Eisner style of pen work and chiaroscuro with a great gag/design for Molachi the Immortal's present-day appearance (and the Mignola-esque Nagarik is also pretty sweet). I'm not sure what the color adds to the whole affair, but it's a nice, bright, flat scheme that's appropriate for this fun story.

Paul Grist fails to disappoint, yet again!

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