Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Comics

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 14 Nov 2002

Frank Miller's Sin City is definitely an example of style over substance, but what style. He does the best white-on-black background renderings since Alex Toth, maybe since the master, Will Eisner. (Damn, I've got to pull out some of my Spirit comics; it's been far too long since I've looked at them.)

Although some very good comics have been mentioned in this thread, no one has brought up Dave Lapham's Stray Bullets. This is an amazing series (although each issue is self-contained) about a bunch of people living on the edge of the criminal underworld. Although they are not averse to criminal undertakings, most of them just aren't very good at it. Lapham's Murder Me Dead series ain't bad, either, very reminiscent of Goodis (with perhaps a little bit of Cain or Thompson).


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