Thursday, March 13, 2008

RASL #1

Jeff Smith

The highly-anticipated new work from Jeff Smith is RASL, the first issue of which was recently released. The story follows an art thief with the ability to teleport with the aide of some strange device, a feat that costs our anti-hero a great deal of pain. And unfortunately, with his latest theft and subsequent jump, he finds himself landing in the wrong place: The world is a little off from the one he’s used to…and he’s being pursued. Things are still very vague at this point. We don’t know how the device works, who is following him, or anything about the protagonist. But it is intriguing and the art is top-notch, as you’d expect from the creator of Bone. RASL contains a cigar-smoking, hard-drinking, cussing man, and is therefore not kid-friendly as his previous creator-owned work was. And I’m okay with that. I didn’t really care for Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil, so I’m just glad to see him going back to his own material, something that he’s excited about and has complete control over, whatever audience he decides to write for. The book will be released quarterly, and the collection won’t happen until eight issues come out. That’s two years from now, so check it out while the mystery’s unraveling.

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