Monday, August 30, 2010

This looks interesting: Revolver

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Description from the publisher (Vertigo):
REVOLVER is an original graphic novel by acclaimed writer/artist Matt Kindt (Super Spy, 3 Story: The Secret History of The Giant Man) that's a tale of two worlds — and how both test a man to his limits. Stuck in a dead-end job with a boss he can't stand and a materialistic girlfriend, Sam rises from a late night of barhopping to discover his whole world has changed. Literally.

An avian flu outbreak has killed millions, the nation's infrastructure has crashed and a dirty bomb has destroyed Seattle. Forced to go on the run, Sam awakes to a normal world the next day – and to chaos again the day after that. A single constant between the two worlds will undo all the damage, if he can find it – but that seems impossible. In one world, anything goes. In the other, he's out of danger and sleepwalking through life. So Sam's got an even bigger problem: Which world to choose?

See what some reviewers have to say about this graphic novel:

Michael C. Lorah at Blog@Newsarama
Although he briefly looks at how the same characters react to the differences between the two worlds, Kindt keeps Revolver’s plot front and center.  Sam’s discovering connections between the worlds, and finding ways to take advantage of his dual experiences.  Organic and believable in a forehead-slapping, “why didn’t I think of it” sort of way, the links between worlds that Sam discovers set in motion a cunning, and very surprising, scheme.

Frank Santoro at Comics Comics
Revolver’s story is a straight ahead action/adventure comic even if it is slightly disjointed from the time travel bit. It’s a genre riff, sure, but one that feels in current usage and contemporary, something that has a parallel in the tv reality survivor show interzone or gaming with it’s narrative survival escape plan prize hunts.

Kelly Thompson at Comics Should Be Good!
For the most part Kindt keeps his storytelling very simple and clean, with equally simple panel layouts which is wise as it allows the reader to easily distinguish these two realities and to focus on more important aspects of the story.  However, he uses several nice devices beyond his strong figure work, composition, and expressive line quality.  I was particularly fond of his occasional but effective use of creative word balloons; a running tape of “news” that cleverly included the book’s page numbers at the bottom of each page; and the chapter images, which reversed to reflect our two realities.

David Brothers at Comics Alliance
Kindt's art is toned, rather than fully colored, which enhances the melancholy tone of "Revolver." Characters sometimes feel sketched out, and look a little rough around the edges overall. I hesitate to say that they feel unfinished, because that is both inaccurate and unfair, but there's something about them that makes their ordeal feel even rougher, whether in the ordered world or the chaotic one. It's easy to believe in their pain and their plight.

John Ottinger III at Grasping for the Wind
Sexual content and mature language mean this story should be read by adults or mature teens, but again Kindt is careful to make these elements serve his story. But all in all, Kindt’s work is superb. The story is cleverly presented, beautifully and appropriately drawn, and takes an unexpected twist at the end that will surprise the readers. The work is intellectually deep while still having a high level of action, and a air of mystery.

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