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Masks #1

Posted: Monday, November 17, 2008
By: Bill Frye

Aaron Rintoul
Aaron Rintoul
Septagon Studios
Masks, a new mini-series from Septagon Studios, is an exploration in identity with the use of haunting computer enhanced, photo-realistic art. I really wanted to love this first issue, as this kind of abstract work tends to really interest me as a reader. By the end, I felt a little frustrated as to what was going on. However, itís that same feeling of frustration that will probably bring me back to the second issue to hopefully put the pieces together.

The author, Rintoul, uses poetic language that weaves in and out of free form and a rhyme scheme that gives the reader an uneasy feeling as they progress through the story. You wonder if the change in tone and language isnít a result of the main character experiencing or even living the lives of other people.

For the most part, the art in this book is hauntingly strange, yet beautiful. However, the constant shifting in styles from blurry and distorted photos to computer generated images could take the reader out of the narrative.

Stylistically, you could compare this book to the movie The Cell and a David Mack book. Itís the style of the book that could capture the readerís attention and bring them back for issue #2.

The author leaves a lot of questions up in the air. Who is Sara? Why is she able to see into other peopleís lives? Who is this killer that she is on the verge of discovering? Itís the air of mystery these questions raise that could bring readers back for the second issue.

Overall, this is an interesting book, enough so, that if a reader is looking for something different other than the normal super-hero fare, then they certainly donít need to look any further than Masks.

Along with the bookís interesting qualities, this book is a challenging one. Readers can expect to learn more about the character of Sara and her journey in subsequent reads of the first issue. Thereís enough here to keep anyone interested, albeit slightly frustrated, to come back for the conclusion of this strange journey.



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