Trade Waiter Comic Book Reviews

downloadThis 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:

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 – Trade Waiter

low2-gregtocchiniLow 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