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Paper Museum Library #1

Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2002
By: Ray Tate



"Wilde: The Heron an the Piranha"

Writer: Jai Nitz
Artists: Phil Hester, Lafe Smith, Mick Gray, Holly Gray & Alex Sheikman

"Raygun's and Regret"
"The Shark: The Silver Skull's Revenge"

Writer/Artist: Nick Derington

"Saxon: The Swordsman"

Writer: Jai Nitz
Artist: Tom Fowler

Publisher: Jungle Boy Press

Paper Museum is a stealth exercise designed to disguise pretentious writing. You can easily remove the pulpy trappings claimed on the back cover and in their stead find stories fixated on making a point rather than being entertaining.

In the first tale, a pair of British gits hire a native to find a lord's missing son. Things don't go as planned, and that's about it.

In the second story, a space marine type regrets his dedication to duty and the life he didn't pursue. Trying to a steer a youth clear of his mistakes proves fruitless. It's one of the most innocuous pulp tales I've read.

The next story by Nick Derington at least instills a stronger emotion than ennui. Why do creators wish to see the hero lose? The third tale is a sadistic tasteless monstrosity. There should be a warning label on the cover of this book which reads as follows:

Warning!: Heroine will watch helplessly as a guillotine slices off her head and hands.

The writer of such offal should consider saving his misogynistic skills for a new career on the Batman titles.

The final story is Rumpelstiltskin.

The artwork throughout this anthology is excellent, but unless you're a nihilist avoid this collection like you would avoid a jaundiced hooker.




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