Artist(s): Joyce Chin, Pat Lee
Published DATE October 2, 2002
The “Friend” who gave me this to read and review has lost his “let me give the reviewer another comic to review” privileges for a while.
Now, let’s use this experience to note that (as some of you may have noted) I’ve been reviewing books that obtained high rankings (yes, for me anything in the range of 6 stars is a pretty high rank). So I take this time to acknowledge that I should also review items that should be filed under “avoidables”.
And the rest? Well, the rest is mediocrity. Is when the book is done as a business tool for the entertainment industry, and those, the mediocre books, are plenty in this world. Those are the ones that get a ranking between 4 and 6 stars.
Now, after reading most of the book, ( I had to stop short about the last 10 pages, since I was losing brain-cells towards the end by the minute, and I needed to have some left for this review), I felt that somewhere out there in the flatlands, a teenager’s horny dream had come true, and he can read something under the sheets at night without his folks moping too much, or making a big deal, cuase it looks like a comic about cowboys.
My problem is (like many times) clichés. I know that not everyone can be original, and totally creative, and come up with their own mythology, and I know that a lot of writers need to make a living, and that writing is hard and it doesn’t pay as it should (I would know), but this book left me feeling that I had read it before, not with a sense of déjà-vu, but with plain lack of imagination.
So, I said to myself (after the first 10 pages) let’s get through with this, and hopefully there will be something original in it. But I couldn’t find anything except that this character is the descendant of the famous gunslinger, and she is a chick, and she is hot (and that last part is part of the cliché’, not the originality).
There have been other ladies in comics who are descendants of famous people, even gunslingers, and they are hot, and some may have even fought unnatural creatures: But none were the descendant of this particular gunslinger.
I’m not trying to alienate the audience that liked this comic, and I am sorry if I come across that way. If the extent of your exposure to vampires or night-creatures is the Twilight saga, or catching some Vampire Diaries in TV, then you may find this book amazingly original and sharp, and avant-garde.
I also dig hot chicks! And assertive ones! GO POWER PUFF GIRLS!!! But first of all, there is “a bit” (the quotes mean sarcasm, just in case) of inconsistency with the looks of the main character, depending on who is drawing her. Second, the majority of the artists here seem to be mistaking cheesy-sexy for sexy-sexy.
Having legs that are almost twice the size of your torso…mhhh… makes me revise my “Drawing the human figure 101” class altogether.
Bending over and poking your butt out on your high heels so you can get a can of coke from the bottom of the ice-box… may be OK on MTV videos, but a bit out of character with a US Marshal who has to hunt vampires and other demons.
Anyway, I didn’t know anything about Mr. Smith’s career, (to my dismay, and humbly professing ignorance) so I looked up his writing credits and … I really couldn’t find anything very impressive.
He seems to be a mass-production writer, very well locked-in-step with POP trends, and seems to feel equally at ease contributing to a book about the WWF as well as writing one about mercenaries, or contributing on the comic book saga of 24.
Well, If you liked this book, I encourage you to write me (Either here, on the post, or via e-mail) and let me know why. I DO NOT SAY THIS IN A FACETIOUS WAY. I am serious. I want to hear from fans, and I want to see if I learn how to appreciate this better.