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Postal #2: Follow Up Review

Written by Amanda Comi on Wednesday, March 18 2015 and posted in Reviews
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Postal #2: Follow Up Review

It's not too late to jump into Postal! No really, nothing's happened yet.


Source: Postal #2

I reviewed Postal #1 last month. I wasn’t very excited with the book, but I wasn't able to explicitly list what was wrong with it either. In fact, I was left with a list of impressive sub-accomplishments which just didn’t quite add up to a compelling whole for me personally. With only the first issue as an example of what this creative team had in store, I promised (myself) that I would follow up again later.

 

I checked out Postal #2 hoping for a definitive conclusion about whether I would want this book on my pull list. In my opinion, it’s all just too boring. Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins are more patient adults than I will ever become. Their plot is slow and explanation-heavy. They provide dialogue that alternates between stereotypical accents and unrealistic eloquence. Isaac Goodheart continues to provide solid artwork. In a few panels at the end of issue 2, Goodheart exploits perspective to create a sense of unease for the reader, an effect I really appreciated. Betsy Gonia also contributes more lovely colors; she adds moody light to each scene, especially rays of light drifting through the windows of the diner. Letterer Troy Peteri does a good job managing some of the dialogue-heavy sections, helping the reader work through the conversations with minimum effort.

 

On a general thematic note, I appreciate that the creative team is responsibly bringing exposure to Asperger’s and the Autism spectrum. So far the series features a main character with Asperger’s Syndrome: Mark, the postman turned detective. This second issue included a short informative article with background information on the disorder. There was also an article of equal length on organized crime, however, which takes some of the emphasis away from the article on Asperger's. I’m not sure if juxtaposition of the two supplemental notes seems matter-of-fact or dismissive with regards to the importance of either subject.

 

Postal is a well constructed book. There is no possibility that I have misunderstood the story, it’s just that I’m not the target audience. I would recommend Postal to fans of crime procedurals, noir detective stories, or slower paced dramas. There is a large amount of implied violence, but very little action so far. Oh so very, very, little action.  





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