GLX reviews RASL #8.
Writer/Artist - Jeff Smith
For the past 7 issues, RASL has been a weird, yet enjoyable experience. With the release of issue #8, none of that has changed. Readers get to learn more about Rob's past and the creepy, little girl that's been seen throughout the series.
It's been a while since the last issue of RASL was released, but Jeff Smith's writing makes the story familiar to long time readers. Maybe some first-time readers might understand it if they gave it a shot, but I don't recommend it. All of the characters and events feel natural, despite the science fiction rooted plot.
His storytelling is clear and filled with life. Smith doesn't really on computer tricks or a heavy use of photo references, but pure skill. His characters have great expressions and a consistent look to them. Even though RASL is a black and white comic, it still looks better than a lot of color comics.
This issue ended on a weird note and I would typically drop a comic with such an odd ending; but RASL is not a typical comic. Even with all of the weird content of this comic, Smith manages to give his characters heart through his writing and in his art. I have no clue where this series is going, but I have faith that Jeff Smith will make it work. The only downside is that RASL comes out on an irregular schedule. Still, when issue #9 hits the stands, I'll be ready to put down some cash for it.
8* out of 10*
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