The hunt for the remaining Jedi continues!
Cover Art By: Tsuneo Sanda
Art By: Claudio Castellini, Guy Major & Michael Taylor
Written By: Ron Marz
I already reviewed one short story, but this is the first comic book short story I’m tackling for the sight, and they are a completely different beast from novella short stories. Comic books are shorter than novels to begin with, a full fledged comic book arc is usually shorter than most short story novella’s. A comic book short story is very, very short. The shortness I speak of is length, because when done right they certainly aren’t short on quality and content.
I believe I have touched on the wonders of the comic medium in the past, the visuals combine with the literary in stunning fashion. If Extinction wanted to it could have breezed by, and maybe that format would have worked. But, the format we are given is much better indeed. Extinction is only thirty two pages, but it gives the story time to breath. It can’t afford to be all over the place, yet it isn’t in any way blunt in its succinctness. The story immediately established its tone and atmosphere and follows with an obvious allegory. That is all the story needs, the rest unfolds with a few words and plenty of pretty pictures.
There isn’t a need for bubble after bubble full of words, the imagery speaks for itself. The dying of a group of people as represented by a flower. One man’s unwillingness to see a different side, and one woman’s useless attempts to stop the present while remaining rooted in the decaying past. It is the simple things that constantly amaze me, and Extinction manages to amaze me on the simplest of levels. It is a one idea story, but it allows for that one idea to breathe and fully grab the attention of the reader and enrapture them in what is happening on the page.
It is odd that in a comic where I am extolling the visuals, it is ultimately the visuals that disappoint me the most. They aren’t bad in any way, they are incomplete. The close-up’s are beautiful and when the fight takes place it looks grand. But, when Mr. Castellini has to draw a face or distinct shape in the background he loses his touch somewhat. The faces become blurry, they lose focus and I lose focus with the story because of how out of sync the background imagery is with the foreground imagery.
When the only complaint I have is some instances of fuzzy background art I think it’s safe to say I enjoyed the story at hand. Extinction gets to its point right away, it is compact and economical, but at the same time it has something to say and isn’t afraid to let the characters motions and actions speak for themselves. In the realm of comic book short stories Extinction is a gem and a great start for Tales.