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The Victorian #15

Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2002
By: Ray Tate



Writer: Trainor Houghton, Len Wein
Artists: Claude St. Aubin(p), Mostaffa Moussa(i), Chris Chuckry(c)
Publisher: Penny Farthing

If you started reading The Victorian at this point, you're likely to think that it's just a typical super-hero comic book with way above average artwork. Sadly, you cannot be more mistaken. This issue is more reward of build up from previous issues. Thus, we get a display of the Order of the Blue Rose's toys. Thus, we get the collusion between protagonists and the melding of plot threads.

Normally, this would occur in a mistimed premiere. It's taken us One Act and fourteen issues to arrive. The Victorian functions on consistency, and all what seems as if showing off ala' James Bond certainly is deserved.

While the new reader probably will not gain as much as the old reader from this reading, I still feel that she will find something of worth in the book. The characterization even without the backlog of issues is strong with courageous heroes from various quarters. The villains are of the most nefarious lot. Dialogue throughout the book tickles the ear with a love of the English language. Nothing sounds mechanical.

The artwork by Derec St. Aubin, Mustaffa Moussa and Chris Chuckry is gorgeously clean. You don't expect to see such artwork in independent titles, and yet it's smooth and colorful. No wonder these names can now be seen among the more well known companies.

The artists take an unusual tact for the artwork. The Agent of the Order's abode lacks an organic quality associated with steam and clockwork devices, and yet the technique functions bizarrely well.

The Agent's five-o-clock shadow is some of the neatest I've seen. Normally such design would seem out of place, and yet when you read of the Agent's mission, the visual characterization actually makes perfect sense. Before he was portrayed as rather scruffy, but that was at a time when we did not know his secrets. As a clearer picture in the story arrives, the artwork becomes more refined.



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