- Posted by Johanna on April 10, 2008 at 7:38 am
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Reviews I Agree With cover books I’m not reviewing myself (usually because I have nothing to add to what someone else has said well).
From John Jakala at Sporadic Sequential (scroll down), discussing this hardcover collection of the first six issues of the series written by Mark Waid and drawn by George Pérez:
In trying to cram so much detail into every single panel, Perez hobbles the overall flow of the works he’s illustrating. Since then, I think I’ve only become more disillusioned with his “pack it all in” style of art, thanks largely to my ever-increasing consumption of manga. In manga, artists know when to turn off the backgrounds so that the reader focuses on the foreground characters; how to vary line weight so that different elements appear to exist in different layers; and how to use stylistic devices to convey motion, force, emotion, and humor. With Perez (and most Western superhero artists) everything lies flat on the same plane so that nothing pops out.
… reading BB: LL felt like doing homework when I’d failed to study all the preparatory material. In the endnotes to the hardcover collection, Waid walks readers through who each character is, even the ones that just appear in a throwaway panel, and where they first appeared, which I guess is a nice touch in terms of providing readers with historical background, but it also makes the comic feel like an assignment for history class.
I’m looking forward to getting my own copy of the collection for just that reason — checking out the endnotes for more information on the historical details and trivia — but that’s an acquired taste. I can’t argue with Jakala’s analysis, and I do wish that this volume ended with more of a conclusion.
Don MacPherson analyzes the sales history and possible future of the series.