A lot has happened inside the world of comics since I last dabbled. I've been loving learning all about the new authors and books. Having realised a lifelong ambition earlier this year when I published a couple of my own comics, I've just recently "invested" in a pile of new ones to try out. I want to expand my horizons and see how the masters do it. Perhaps if I'm lucky, I might even learn something about the art of making comics in the process! ;-)
I promised in my last post that I'd share some of my thoughts with you as I wade through "the pile". Today's blog covers the 2013 graphic novel by John Byrne called "The High Ways".
My introduction to Byrne was through a book I'd bought almost by accident called "Star Trek: Crew". I loved it. I posted a monster review at the time which goes into a lot more detail and shoots off at all sorts of crazy tangents, but in essence I felt that he captured the mood of the characters perfectly. He seemed to just get it. Since then I've read a couple more of his books with waning satisfaction. Knowing what he can achieve when he's on top of his game I was keen to give him one more try. This isn't the book I wanted to read. That was "Star Trek: Assignment Earth", but this is the only one I could get my hands on without breaking the bank.
In "the High Ways" Byrne returns to well-worn ground as we venture back into space. It's the final frontier, but contrary to the lettering of the title this has nothing to do with Star Trek. Actually, I reckon it might have worked a whole lot better had it been a classic Star Trek yarn.
Let's round this off in the style we've become accustomed to with a little Triple-B action. No surprises here: The dastardly Triple-B is forcing me into a life of drugs with a sparkly but ultimately disappointing 4. What a let-down!