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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Reader's Diary #1893- A.J. Lieberman (writer), Riley Rossmo (artist): Cowboy Ninja Viking Deluxe Edition

The title alone of A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo's Cowboy Ninja Viking is a pretty accurate hint of how over-the-top the comic is that follows.

The titular character is what is known as a triplet, the result of psychological warfare experiments, giving the soldier/hired killer three distinct personalities. There's also, as you might expect, a perverse sort of humour that pervades the book.

It's also somewhat confusing. Maybe some of this is a result of going too far over the top. The cowboy ninja viking, it turns out, is one of many triplets, each of whom have their own personalities. The cast is abundant enough as it is but when you multiply that by three, it's a lot to keep track of.

It also didn't help for me that the plot was one of double crosses and international intrigue. I've never really been into the whole globetrotting super-spy thing and in this book, if you tune out for a mere moment, you're likely to miss something.

But for all that, I did enjoy the inventiveness and the art was just fantastic. It's sketchy and gritty, somewhat in the style of Jeff Lemire, giving a little more emotion when needed and complementing the more mature themes, and the colours make good use of monochromatic colour schemes and pseudo Ben-Day dots, giving homage to the pop-pulp roots of the story.

2 comments:

Rob said...

I really wanted to like this one more than I did. I thought the art and premise were great, but I only read the first volume.

John Mutford said...

Rob: Agreed.