Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Some New Kind of Slaughter - check it!

So, the Harveys are coming uo, with the nomination process already begun. Some New Kind of Slaughter by mpMann and A. David Lewis is a mini-series deserving of recognition, and to facilitate creators' decision, Lewis is offering the first two issues available for free download at his site.

I had the opportunity to read the whole thing when I spotlighted it in my Pulse column. This is part of what I said:

Within this four-issue series from Archaia Studios Press, these two creators have brought together multiple flood myths from across the world – China, India, Australia, Africa, and the Americas – in order to create a compelling and emotional narrative that touches upon the most basic of human instincts – survival and acceptance. It is a creative use of ancient stories that sheds light upon the fears and desires of modern society through comics.

When I first learned of this series from artist
mpMann, I made the assumption that Slaughter would be an anthology, but that would have been the easy way out and not as entertaining. Instead of taking that route, Lewis and Mann chose to create one single narrative that ties in all of these myths. For a medium that seems to thrive upon the perpetuation of the status quo, this was certainly a gutsy decision to make, and readers should thank them for taking that risk.

What Lewis and Mann offer with Slaughter is an incredibly complex story that effortlessly moves in and out of these various tales. Although the first narrative jump could be jarring for readers, once they are aware of the intricate fashion in which this series has been crafted, they can settle in for an enjoyable and thought-provoking ride. The authors utilize both written and visual cues to help transition from one period to the next, and subsequent readings will offer readers a better understanding of the multiple depths hidden within this tale.

Some New Kind of Slaughter is another step forward for the comic medium, showcasing a complexity sorely lacking in most of the comics found on racks today. Co-written by Mann and Lewis, who live on opposite coasts, it is a testament to these two creators that the text reads seamlessly, and Mann’s artwork is again a wonder to behold. His pared down style evokes more emotion than a more “photo-realistic” artist might be able to. Not only is this a well-written book, but it is also a “pretty” book that fans of great storytelling will enjoy.


You should definitely check it out here. you won't regret it.

chris

1 comment:

A. David Lewis said...

And now, for one week only, the WHOLE SERIES is online in advance of the Harvey ballots. http://captionbox.net/harveys