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Paper Museum #2

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2003
By: Ray Tate



"Slim Fulton"
"Lamb's War"
"Amelia"

Writers: Jai Nitz;Tom Fowler; Jai Nitz; B. Clay Moore
Artists: Shawn Crystal;Tom Fowler; Zack Howard, Josh Searcy; Mike Giba
Publisher: Jungle Boy Press

Well, this is a heckuva lot better than the premiere: its tone far too cynical for my tastes. Despite being the product of various creators, the artwork and writing are uniformly viewable and readable, and while nothing special or spectacular, it's a perfectly pleasant time waster.

The first story takes a unique look at Sergio Leone/Clint Eastwood westerns as the Man With No Name gets a severe makeover. The stark black and white artwork done in a hyperangular style suits the expressionist genre of those particular movies.

The second story shows the horrors of war and possibly the effects of post traumatic stress disordr. The artwork is gritty, and directed in such a way that opens the story for interpretation.

The third story offers a novel look at the disappearance of Amelia Earheart. The tale examines more the legend of the aviatrix rather the historically accurate passenger. Thus, she is far more of natural flyer than she was in real life. The artwork in this story is a little more cubist than what we're accustomed to seeing in comic books, but it smoothly relates the visual narrative and seems suited for the tale.

The final story looks at the larger than life super-hero/spy from the perspective of the one-that-got-away. The juxtaposition of her normal life to the exciting blaze of the hero makes for interesting reading. The artwork here doesn't look as finished as that of the previous tales, and it reminds me of Guido Crepax's often sketchy work. That's not exactly a bad thing.



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