Thursday, October 21, 2021

Brendan McGinley:

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Sollitaria + Living Statues

Sollitaria

Genre: Anthology

A rather disparate anthology, Sollitaria deals with bizarre encounters between average people and the unusual or paranormal. In the somewhat awkward “Taxi Ride” by Marco Antonio Barón, a taxi driver escorts an agent of Death around town to collect souls. In the strongest story, Fabiana Apocalypse’s “Lonely,” an isolated man find solace in the ethereal arms of a ghost. Michael Smith draws both stories. “Mad Tom O’ Bedlam,” a bonus tale by John Flanagan, posits that a Jack the Ripper-type murderer is actually a demon, dispatched back to Hell by his pursuers.

Living Statues

Genre: Drama

Writer/artist Emily Blair won a Xeric Award grant with a disenchanted art professor. Weary of his intellectual and aesthetic inferiors overrunning the Italian city of Florence, which he greatly esteems for its artistic treasures, John Martin is rankled by a performance artist who perfectly resembles Michelangelo’s David. The young man becomes the medium by which Martin comes to appreciate the everyday art of the world, and the beauty of people enjoying life, bridging the gulf between Martin and his lone confidante, Alice Ryan. Blair’s use of curves belies her woodcut-style art, with expressive faces that immediately seem familiar.

Brendan McGinley is a long-time writer for ComicBase. His comic favorites include anything featuring Grim Jack, Punisher, Guy Gardner, Green Lantern, or written buy Evan Dorkin, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Deadpool… and the list goes on. But he insists he is of discriminating tastes.

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