Sunday, December 19, 2010

Forgetless TP

Nick Spencer, W. Scott Forbes, Jorge Coelho & Marley Zarcone

The trade paperback of Forgetless collects the entire five issue mini-series from Image Comics, as well as the back-up story illustrated by Marley Zarcone.  The main story has art by W. Scott Forbes and Jorge Coelho, with two styles of art very different from one another.  One style is very sleek and a little stiff, with a little Luna Brothers vibe going on, while the other is loose and detailed with more character to it, usually popping up in flashback sequences that go into the history of a character.  Actually, this story jumps back and forth in time a lot, and oftentimes a book can get a little muddled that way, but it works for this story, slowly teasing out mysteries and the how's and why's of the situation.  The book follows the last night of the nightclub Forgetless in New York City, where a newbie assassin has been charged to kill a boy that will be in attendance.  The back-up story, which boasts my favorite art of the book, by Zarcone, is about some underage kids trying to fake their way into the club by any means necessary.  Both stories, written by Nick Spencer, were actually really well done, the back-up being much more straight-forward than the main story with its many secondary characters and asides.  Forgetless is funny with plenty of good ideas, and pretty suspenseful, and always over-the-top.  This book is all about excess, and if I had to compare it to anything, I would actually compare it to Ke$ha's music - really addicting and compelling and quite proud of itself, but also a little trashy and, well, obnoxious.  It's loud, crude and often offensive, but somehow remains ridiculously entertaining throughout.

1 comment:

Clay Ward said...

Thanks for the review. I like having multiple artists take on a story from different perspectives. I worked on a comic once where we had different artists for the real world, the mythological metaphor world, and also the online blogosphere metaphor world. It was convenient to split them up so that each artist got to use their own style.