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The Signifiers #1

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Review by Moosepathian
Wednesday July 14, 2010 08:43:02 pm
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(W/A) Michael R. Neno
Mr. Neno employs three distinct visual styles in this issue (saving the best for last with the Mondo-Kirby world of Landlark, the Heat Seeking Dwarf!) but manages to unify the entire comic book (and this is a real "comic book" in the truest, most endearing sense) with his singular story-telling. From the first panel of the first tale, we are dropped into a flaky science-fiction/superhero universe without a road map, but veteran readers will have no problem intuiting enough to feel creepily, comfortably at home even when they are left with a host of tantalizing questions. (Sometimes true brilliance manifest itself in what's not said.)
And as for the Kirbyesque feel to that third story - all I can say is that Mr. Neno is not simply (and obviously) inspired by the King of Comics (and especially, I'm guessing, from the Great One's later years) he has learned some deep lessons from him. The cultural stew that The Signifiers rises from seems to include 20th century music and culture, politics, history, and "the comics" themselves. As the late, great Frank Springer once said to a young artist - drawing well is important but ideas are more important. Michael Neno has *both* the artistic chops and the great ideas to make a great comic. I can't wait for Signifiers #2!
The Moosepathian
 

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