Column: Global Ghoul: Review: William and the Lost Spirit (2013)

William and the Lost Spirit (2013). Story By: Gwen de Bonneval. Art By: Matthieu Bonhomme.

Art and story come together in perfect symmetry in William and the Lost Spirit. This is why I read comics. Bonneval’s script moves with assured grace and Bonhomme’s art is perfect. Bonhomme stands somewhere between late-career Mazzucchelli and Herge.

The colors in the book are credited to a person known only as ‘Walter.’ His simple, muted palette astounded me, page after page. His colors …

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Column: Global Ghoul: Review: Eden (1994)

Eden. (1994). Story and Art By: Vince.

Eden by French creator Vince is the quintessential Heavy Metal story. It’s a Technicolor BladeRunner-inspired romp painted by the artistic lovechild of Richard Corben and Brendan McCarthy.

Eden is peopled by wonky, old-school robots; deformed mutants; and modified humans with odd – sometimes even brutal or jarring – fashion sense. Chunky techno-towers rise into the sky, and garish air cars dodge between their spires. Off-kilter opulence pervades and provides for constant …

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Column: Global Ghoul: Review: Heroman

By Dale Carothers

Ohta, Toman. Heroman: Volume 1. (Original concept by Stan Lee & BONES) Vertical Inc., 2012. USD $10.95. ISBN: 978-1-935654-58-2.

I’ve read better comics by Rob Liefeld.

To make this claim, I felt I had to test it. After reading Heroman, I went to my local comic book store and looked for Liefeld’s work in the dollar bin. I didn’t find any, and I wasn’t about to pay three bucks for a Liefeld book, …

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Column: Global Ghoul: Old City Blues

By Dale Carothers

Milonogiannis, Giannis. Old City Blues. Archaia (July 2011). USD $14.95. ISBN: 978-1-93693-20-6.

Old City Blues by Greek cartoonist Giannis Milonogiannis flows across the page in a high-tech, herky-jerky jangle, like a techno Tom Waits song. His lines cut sketchy angles across the white paper, drenched in fat black lines and grayscale. I was instantly charmed.

The book itself is a heavy hardcover, jacketed in bright yellow. Its protagonist stands defiantly under the title, clutching a pistol …

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