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07/20/2005 Archived Entry: "Comic review: Daisy Kutter - The Last Train"

Daisy Kutter - The Last Train
by Kazu Kibuishi
Published by Viper Comics

Review by Ginger Mayerson

Once I got over the shock of robots in the Old West and Daisy Kutter's weird hair-do, I really enjoyed this book. I mean, who isn't a sucker for an independent blonde babe retired train-robber, gunslinger in an Old West that contains killer robots guarding trains?

The plot is classic: retired outlaw Daisy Kutter settles down and opens a dry goods store in some generic western town (that has robots [no, I don't know why, but it works]). She reluctantly accepts one last train robbing job, but with a hitch: she's robbing the train at owner's request and being well paid to do it. Of course things go right and things go wrong and many things are not what they seem. I won't spoil it for you, but the action scenes will keep you on the edge of your seat and the ending will make you misty.

Buy this thing, you'll love it.

And now Mayerson gets bitchy and personal; read no further if you're the sensitive, delicate type: I enjoyed this review copy given to me by the creator of "Daisy Kutter" MUCH more than I enjoyed meeting the creator, Kazu Kibuishi. Maybe I'm being too hard on the guy, but I think he could have been more gracious when I said that I liked "Flight 1" enough to buy a copy for myself (it got a good review by another reviewer [look in the Archives, I'm too lazy to link]), and that I didn't review "Flight 2," which I also bought, because I thought the content and overall book were weak due to the fact that, unlike "Flight 1," most of the stories were not about, well, flight. So then KK says, they (the stories) weren't supposed to be about flight. Huh, sez I, but the first volume held together so beautifully because it was thematic. But, sez he, the first volume wasn't supposed to be about flight. And then his cell phone rang before I could ask: THEN WHY WAS IT CALLED "FLIGHT"?! At that point I gave up, exchanged a few pleasant words with one of the nice guys at the table, and dusted. I still like Kibuishi's work and will continue to follow it, but I hope I never ever meet the guy again.

Replies: 4 comments

i can imagine that kazu's situation was one of an un-intentional pigeonhole, but i suppose his response and the timing were not the best for deep discussion of the issue.

regardless, as Amazon's Editorial review suggests:

"Most of the stories in this gorgeous color anthology are about flying, but the title also refers to its contributors starting to take wing."

cheers, --ian

Posted by oldman_ian @ 07/24/2005 08:58 AM PST

Thanks, Ian. I withdraw my problem with the name because I checked my copy of "Flight 1," and there's an essay-like thing at the end by Scott McCloud that explains it. I either missed it or forgot about it.


Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07/24/2005 12:06 PM PST

heh :)
I still feel that the second collection, while being a fun project, still didn't gel as well. i think that the large size goes against it. but, since i also have a large project to manage, i can't really speak :) it's good to give a chance to work and be recognized to your friends.

Posted by oldman_ian @ 07/24/2005 08:42 PM PST

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