mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
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I Watertower Brooklyn. (109)

The One Trick Rip-Off by Paul Pope.

Map of the city.
Gangs: One Tricks, Moolah Muthas.
Batman: Everywhere.

Oh so this is the kind of stuff David Lapham's Stray Bullets is supposed to be like. Or what Brian Azzarello was shooting for with 100 Bullets. Or I guess anybody else with a comic that has "bullets" in the name. I guess they were all writing this stuff in the mid- to late-Nineties. Now, I'm not an unqualified consumer of Pope-- well, his writing, because obviously his art is alway pretty incredible-- & I almost always hate crime fiction, but I thought this was pretty great. It had a few key hooks-- like likable but stupid protagonists-- that I think are missing from a lot of the crime genre. It wasn't relently gloom & feel-bad drama, either-- another hallmark of the criminal thrillers, I find, is the creeping banalatity of awfulnuss. A monotonous dirge of one bad thing after the next. Oh, & then there is the fact that the eponymous "one trick" is pretty fun, & is seamlessly integrated with the narrative without a sloppy exposition about it being shoe horned in. So yeah, I had fun with this; the art is kinetic, the story moves, & it takes a few unexpected turns & twists. Not to mention, the introduction made me think of Massive Attack & Tricky, & so I've been listening to trip-hope all day & feeling somewhat nostalgic for the turn of the millenium.

Tags: books, comics, haiku, pope

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