Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Deadair #2

By Caitlin Plovnick

While the cover says this is issue two, there doesn't seem to be any major backstory that you need to know before you start reading this comic. Some slackers live in a house, their friend organizes a party, their band plays, there are girls. Hurray! In fact, for all I know issue one (and three) could have absolutely nothing to do with this story.

The story isn't really anything special, though I did feel more favourable to it after the early appearance of a character climbing in through a window with dumpstered bagels. That's the type of character I can relate to! Of course he disappears shortly later and doesn't really play any major part in the rest of the comic.

In fact, the plot's kind of weird in that it doesn't really read like fiction. There isn't a three act structure or anything like that, events just happen, characters drift in and out of the story, and there doesn't seem to be any major goal or climax (other than sexual). A bit like real life I suppose.

The dialogue was probably my least favourite bit of the comic, it seemed kind of awkward. I can't tell if I think it's awkward because people don't speak like that, or if it's because people do speak like that, but the way that people actually speak is rarely written down. There's also some weird internal narration that shows up a couple of times, and at first you're not even sure who it is thinking those words. Kind of strange.

Overall, I don't know. The elements of this comic don't really seem to mesh somehow. I do really like the title though.

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