This is a blog with varied interest, but I want to make sure it’s easy to find the comic book content. So here’s a quick post linking all the Trade Waiter reviews from the last three months:
- Astro City by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, and Alex Ross
- Deadly Class by Rick Remender and Wes Craig
- Jupiter’s Legacy by Mark Millar and Frank Quietly
- In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
- Low by Rick Remender and Greg Tochinni
- The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughn and Marcos Martin
- Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
- SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki
Also, I was recently asked about the name “Trade Waiter” this comes from a bit of comic book reader jargon. Someone who waits until issues are collected is sometimes called a trade waiter. I thought this name was appropriate because I only review books that have been collected into at least one trade or are a complete graphic novels. Happy reading.
Low inhabits a strange dark future. The world looks like a kind of inverted Mad Max, where the future is trapped underwater instead of stuck in the desert and, while the setting is specific and engaging, this is not a quiet atmosphere story.
The book plays at full volume and it’s more than worth listening to.
The emotional wallops hit like a hammer. Writer, Rick Remender is a student of the kill-your-darlings school of writing or at the very least the rip-out-their-eyeballs school. The book is dark, sexy and gross at times, maybe immature — but the stakes matter. It’s not wallowing in filth just for its own sake.
Tocchini’s art calls back to the classic 70s art style of sci-fi paperbacks, rendering underwater future babes and horrible sea monsters with aplomb. The art suggests more than it details. The style’s more painterly than what you might associate with a tech-heavy future and that keeps the art from being as accessible as a more traditional comic would be. But it’s that same strangeness that makes the art remarkable. Read more