GLX takes an early look at Poseurs GN.
Writer/ Art Director - Deborah Vankin
Artist - Rick Mays
"...you never know who's real and who's rented at these parties."
There are parties and then there are PARTIES. It's not the just the venue and items that separate large parties from smaller parties: it's all about the guest list. Some of those guests might not have come out for the hell of it; some of them have been hired to party. Poseurs is focused heavily on the world of "rent-a-guests".
It's an interesting concept that could lead to some great stories. Poseurs is not one of the them. It's a "party noir" title that mixes some light-hearted elements with noir. The result is an unsatisfying concoction: the noir portions of the tale take a backseat to light-hearted elements. Poseurs doesn't feel like a noir title, but a young adult work that has some dark scenes. What doesn't help the comic is the way it constantly breaks the 4th wall. Characters are fully aware of their place within the tale, but can't do jack when problems arise. It diminishes the weight of the plot.
The characters in Poseurs are somewhat believable, but I wouldn't call them deep characters; their goals and personality are plausible, but there's nothing more to them. This is disappointing considering the amount of time given for the characters to pour their guts out to the reader. I doubt that this title will have longevity.
Under Deborah Vankin's direction, Rick Mays does a nice job with the art. His characters are consistent and lively. There were some artistic errors in the preview copy of Poseurs, but nothing difficult to fix.
Vankin and Mays' Poseurs is a work that is severely lacking in content. While the cast is decent, the overall structure and story beats drag it down. Word is that Vankin is working on a second graphic novel. Hopefully, it'll be better than this.
5.1* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX
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