The Asgardian Trade Commission 9/19/10

Posted on September 19, 2010. Filed under: Reviews |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

Continuing the theme I set forth for myself for the month of September, this week we have RASL, by Jeff Smith.  Jeff Smith is better known for Bone, which is one of my favorite graphic novels when collected in one edition. Without anything further, let’s get started.

RASL: The Drift

Cartoon Books, $13.00

Jeff Smith

Collects RASL #1-3

For those of you not familiar with Jeff Smith and Bone, you really should go read it.  Yes, like, right now.  It’s ok, I’ll wait.  You back?  Done?  Great right?  Well, going into RASL, I could tell that the visual style was definitely Jeff Smith, but it’s clear that it’s very different, too.  First let me start by commenting on the physical book itself.  It’s got very odd dimensions for a graphic novel.  It’s oversize by about half, although the pages are the same as far as layout is concerned.  Now, I’m not saying this is a bad thing, because clearly it’s not.  It allows Smith more detail in every page and ever panel, which is a good thing.  Smith throws you into the story head first from the first page of this story.  Things happen that don’t fully make sense, especially if you’re expecting a Bone-type story.  RASL is about as far from Bone as you could possibly get, but Smith manages to make the subject work with his style, which is very admirable.  It’s my favorite creators who can take what they’re known for and make something on the opposite end of the spectrum and have it be good.  The only problem with RASL is that it comes out very infrequently.  So much so, in fact, that this book has a copyright date of 2008, and they’re only up to issue 8 so far.  That says something about A) how busy the guy is, and B) how much of a quality book this is that rather than rushing out a mediocre product, he’s taking the time to get it good.  RASL comes highly recommended to anyone who likes reading good things.

Odin’s Beard 5/5

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