Friday, August 26, 2016

Reader's Diary #1363 - Dan Archer: Escape from Alcatraz 9 The Lone Wolf Breakout

In terms of pure silliness, like something out a Scooby Doo cartoon, this was one of my favourites of the Escape from Alcatraz comics series.

The lone wolf is inmate John Giles, a robbing murderer and known escape artist. At Alcatraz, however, he's known to be quiet, he keeps to himself, doesn't cause trouble. He's rewarded for his good behaviour by getting laundry duty. At the time, laundry was delivered from the U.S. Army, washed by inmates, and then picked up again. For years, Giles bides his time, slowly smuggling enough for a full uniform.

Finally, when the uniform is complete and on a day when the Army is returning, Giles ducks out of sight to quickly don the uniform. He manages to make it on board, but of course, this plan is just ridiculous and he's noted missing onshore almost immediately. Guards call the captain, and, well, let's just say that the years of planning this escape were wasted.

Archer's art is great, with lots of hatching lines for detail and watercolours, mostly in army shades of green and brown.

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