Saturday, June 16, 2018

Analog #3 Review

Vet Sounds 

Written by: Gerry Duggan
Art by: David O'Sullivan
Colors by: Jordie Bellaire
Letters by: Joe Sabino
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 13 June 2018

One of my favorite bits of movie dialogue is when Woody Allen's character in Manhattan touches on the subject of Nazis at a fancy reception he is attending. Issac, his character, asks the question, "Has anybody read that Nazis are going to march in New Jersey, you know? We should go there, get some guys together, you know, get some bricks and baseball bats and really explain things to them", his partner's friend adds, "There was this devastating satirical piece on that on the op-ed page of the Times. It is devastating." Isaac counters, "Well, a satirical piece in the Times is one thing, but bricks and baseball bats really gets right to the point." Not convinced his interlocutor suggests that "really biting satire is always better than physical force." Then Isaac (Allen) delivers the killer comedic line, "No, physical force is always better with Nazis. It’s hard to satirize a guy with shiny boots."

To cut a long story long, Gerry Duggan in this issue has Jack's partner Oona take the same approach as Isaac as this issue opens up. She takes on two Nazis followed by a further gang of them, leaving only one survivor. Duggan then sends her on the run and has Jack try and track her down and take out the sole Nazi witness to her slaughter. Meanwhile, he is running his own intel operation and makes a detour as the NRA again abducts him to channel his intelligence through them as an asset. The set piece at the end of this little arc is neat, and next issue we are off to Japan - sounds good to me!

In terms of the artwork, I really like it. It has that gumshoe feel about it and I have come to really enjoy Jack who is a man's man with a heart of gold, who gets the lady at the end of the day. I really like the way the action and the bad guys are portrayed in the art. The colors are very consistent with the tone of the artwork and story. Very muted browns and greys, I feel like pouring myself a neat drink before I sit down to read this. Like a Lawrence Block book distilled within a futuristic comic book set up.

Bits and pieces

Another great issue in this fun series. One word to detract from my usual glowing praise. I would very much like to see the cover art switched about for this series. The style works within the inner artwork, but I'm not sure it translates to cover art that well. I think either the style or artist needs to be adjusted. Anyway, that little quibble aside I think that this was another top issue  - check it out.


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