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Arrowsmith #3

Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2003
By: Ray Tate



"Down to the Seas in Ships"

Writer: Kurt Busiek
Artists: Carlos Pacheco(p), Jesus Merino(i), Alex Sinclair(c)
Publisher: DC

Arrowsmith creates a sense of wonder through Carlos Pacheco's sumptuous artwork and Kurt Busiek's strong storycrafting. In this issue, we discover dragons, ley lines and sea-serpents do not solely conjure the magic. Instead, the still unknown regions of humanity's altruism motivate the characters into exciting action.

The fate of the characters comes as something of a surprise. They do not fall victim to the usual war movie clichés, and the blonde hero Alan whose flight is powered by green pixie dust may be an inside comic book joke for fans of magic rings.

Besides big-budget special effects lovingly labored over by Mr. Pacheco, Mr. Busiek gently lowers the story to the ground with the budding romance between Arrowsmith and Grace--who finds a plausible, period means to stay close to her Airman.

Romance, action and magic without a seam showing blend to create a fun comic book with dramatic moments. Fletcher Arrowsmith, an inspired take on Horatio Hornblower, serves as a more thoughtful hero for readers to follow.



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