Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Escapists

In the Escapists, the always reliable Brian K. Vaughan has created the perfect outlet for espouses his opinions on the comics industry. The ultimate moral of the story is that people should spend more time creating their own stories instead of contributing to preexisting ones. However, the book is also a follow-up to Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, the Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay. Thus at its core, the premise is a bit undercut.

Fortunately, this is Vaughan we're talking about and the man is incapable of telling a bad story, and this one is clearly one he feels passionate about. And as a bonus he's backed by a foursome of excellent (and generally underutilized) artists, Philip Bond, Steve Rolston, Jason Shawn Alexander, and Eduardo Barreto. Alexander in particular shines here and I truly hope to start seeing more work from him in the future.

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