Sunday, July 22, 2018

Analog #4 Review

Cat Power

Written by: Gerry Duggan
Art by: David O'Sullivan
Colors by: Jordie Bellaire
Letters by: Joe Sabino
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 18 July 2018 

I don't know what it says about me but I feel a sense of empathy with Analog's central character Jack McGinnis. The guy who is mostly grumpy, mildly sarcastic, extremely world-weary, but deep down not a bad guy. Oh and he hates electronic devices. Let's see how he gets on this issue as he brings his charms to Japanese culture.

I gotta hand it to Gerry Duggan he writes good male leads. He's funny. He gets a male sense of humor. I laugh when I read his books, and this is no exception. His writing here has many comedic moments, as Jack seemingly bumbles around scrapping his way out of trouble and annoying everyone he comes across. It's lucky he is a brawler as every issue sees him getting cuffed around the head at least once. Mind you he usually comes through in one piece, and usually better than the other guy(s). This issue also pokes fun at American Secret agents and sensitive Artificial Intelligence in the shape of animals in a kind of technological version of Dr. Doolittle's house. It is the usual bonkers stuff from this series as our lead curmudgeon shuffles and chain-smokes his way through the scenes.

I'm not the biggest fan of the art in this series. It isn't in my preferred style, but it does give the book a unique look, and despite the futuristic setting does manage to strike the right tone to represent a gumshoe down on his luck and scraping out a living in less than ideal circumstances. The jaded grays and browns enhance this image further as Bellaire pitches in with just the right palette of colors.

Bits and pieces

This is a series that floats by under the radar it seems. Despite the fact that it doesn't have much of a "cool factor" I do think that its a really enjoyable and funny book. It is also a book that may get a second wind in Trade format, and it does keep the action ticking along as we follow Jack's misadventures. Some enjoyable light-hearted fun.


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