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J LHLS Archives: June 2006
Thursday, June 1, 2006
The Surrogates, Issues 1,2, & 3
by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele
Top Shelf Comics
"Everyone dreams of changing the world. I only want to change it back." -- Surrogates, issue 2
Review by Tom Good
In the year 2054, many people operate surrogates: cybernetic substitutes for themselves, almost like avatars in an online game but in the real world. Police officers and others in risky professions can use their surrogates to do the dangerous work, and if something goes wrong, the consequences are limited to surrogate repair or replacement. Other people use surrogates as a way to relate to the world in a younger, stronger, sexier body, or even a body of the opposite gender. But not everyone supports the use of the technology. It has created a new class distinction between those who can afford the devices and those who cannot, leaving the poor unable to compete. And a group called the Dreads opposes surrogates for religious reasons, on the grounds that man should not seek to improve upon God's creation. Against this backdrop, Lieutenant Harvey Greer investigates a series of violent attacks against surrogates. It seems that someone wants to turn the world back into a pre-surrogate society. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 08:46 AM PST [Link]
Monday, May 29, 2006
Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed?
by Liz Prince
Top Shelf Productions
Review by Tom Good
"Always two there are, no more, no less. A master and an apprentice." -- Yoda, in Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Liz Prince may not literally be Jeffrey Brown's apprentice, but her free, spontaneous black-and-white style noticeably resembles Brown's. Her book also contains a one-page introduction by Brown, in which he says her comics are "kind of what I try to do . . . Except cuter, and funnier, and without all the wallowing in self pity" In contrast to the struggles and disappointments that make up Brown's Every Girl Is The End Of The World For Me, Prince's comic shows a selection of moments in a happy relationship. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 06:04 PM PST [Link]
Cry Yourself to Sleep
By Jeremy Tinder
Published by Top Shelf
Review by Leigh Anne Wilson
One of the nicest gifts given to readers by artists who take the personal approach with their artistic expression is how neatly it simultaneously presents our differences and similarities. C. Tyler, author of the brilliant Late Bloomer, presents her work from the perspective of one who has traveled farther down the path than some, and allowing us to see the evolution of an individualís life from innocence to wisdom, and from low times to high. No less valuable is the presentation of life via characters who are just starting off on their path to maturity, especially when presented in such a sweet and melancholy style as Jeremy Tinderís Cry Yourself to Sleep. [more]
Posted by Leigh Anne Wilson @ 10:35 AM PST [Link]
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