Wednesday, July 9, 2008
War and Criminals
I read the Lawless storyline last night, without really realizing that the graphic novel was coming in today.
Good timing. I'm really enjoying these stories by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips.
One thing that has always kind of bugged me about comics is how rare it is to find a pure crime story or a pure fantasy or a pure science fiction or a pure western. Most stories seem to be hybrids. Makes it hard to create genre displays in the store.
But this is pure criminal noire. Three interconnected but stand alone stories.
As with the first series, I'm also enjoying the guest essays in the back, where underappreciated novels and movies are brought to light. I think the 1950's hardboiled novels are fascinating time capsules on another time and place.
Speaking of hybrids. STORMING PARADISE, by Dixon and Guice, is a war comic with a twist. The nuclear test at Las Alamos went wrong, killing all the scientists. Truman gives the orders to invade Japan.
It's got some fun elements. MacArthur being forced to include Patton in his invasion plans. John Wayne enlisting (after being shamed by an old guy who I assume is John Ford). The Japanese succeeding in getting the Nazi nuclear materials.