Written by Luke Anthony
on Sunday, June 15 2014 and posted in Features
I doubt you've read anything quite like this before.
If you could control your dreams with a drug, would you do it? That’s the question I’m asking myself after reading the end of the recently funded Kickstarter
project, Shattered with Curve of Horn.
I was privileged to review
the webcomic turned graphic novel months ago & I really wanted to see where it ended up. I really didn’t see it going the direction that it did. It was nuts.
To sum up my thoughts on the graphic novel, I’ll break it down into halves. The first half was the lesser half, the mainly argumentative main character, Matthew, made me want to punch him in the mouth. The colors were far stronger in the second half when they began going into dream/drug world aka the world of the astral. The art was thoughtful at the end, each page was detail-rich and engaging to the eye, and the dialogue was quiet yet revealing to what Matthew was thinking.
Without giving too much away about the way it ended, I’ll say I’m satisfied with the way it ended since it gives room for expansion and gives a nod to how complex the situation was in the story, instead of just ending it with a simple “- and the bad guy goes to jail and the good guy gets the girl.” Ya, no. It’s nothing like that, it’s everything that life is - not what you expect. In my opinion, if you want to read a book about drugs and murder, get something else. If you want to read about about drugs, murder, metaphysics, and an introspective look at the human condition, then get this book.
Max Miller Dowdle will be at the HeroesCon
in Charlotte, NC selling copies there, make sure to pick up one since you're awesome! But if you like reading it online to get a taste for it, here, grabby little one, read the whole thing for free
. Read his other stuff too! It's all there. Support indy comic creators, they are what keep the industry alive, otherwise where would the new ideas come from?
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About the Author - LukeAnthony
When Luke isn't writing reviews, he's writing manuals (occupation), original comics (vocation), children's books, or music (recreation). As a lover of all things high-concept, sci-fi, and/or philosophical, comics found their way into his life only a few years ago, at the ripe age of 26. It was V for Vendetta & Watchmen that led to his pathological media consumption rebirth of 2012. Ever since then, he found himself happier, more child-like, a tad bit smarter, and a much better liar. True to Outhouser gospel, he believes humor, like water, must be present in all things. If it's not, it's too dry & sucks the life out. Sarcasm, the salty demeanor of the South, frightened this idealist in youth, but is now the occasional spice used in his well seasoned personality. He sold all he had to leave his old world behind (cars, house, belongings) & become a full-time traveler across the US of A, a decision that altered his inner world as much as his outer one. If it has humor, depth, spiritual significance, and/or technicality and in that order, then consider it on this briny dude's shelf and up for review. Favorite on-going series include Black Science and Saga. This light, but deep fellow can be found on Facebook and/or Twitter.
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