Wanna know why comics are the greatest artform in the world? Because you can do anything in comics and still have it make sense.
Want an example? Look at this utterly gleeful graphic novel. Jason Shiga has created a world where library police are the most respected security group in the world, and where a stolen Bible is as important as the kidnapping of a rich heiress or a major bank robbery. Most deliriously, the whole thing takes place in the early 1970s and reads like a hilarious take on ’70s cop shows.
Then on top of all that, Shiga delivers a story that moves with an insane amount of momentum. This story flies along like a house afire. He delivers funny and clever moments on nearly every page, but he never loses sight of the action and comedy he delivers at the same time. This graphic novel is filled with pure energy and enthusiasm, a heady and intoxicating mix that makes Bookfinder almost impossible to resist.
Our action hero in this book is Agent Bay of the Oakland Library Police, a man as utterly devoted to his profession as any ’70s TV cop hero. He will endure any pain and fight any fight in order to retrieve a stolen Bible.
One of the funniest scenes is the police interrogation of a suspect. Library Agent Bay actually asks the prisoner, “Do you know what they do to book thieves up at Santa Rita?” to which the prisoner gulps as if he were a sex offender facing years of torture and torment. In Shiga’s crazy world, it all makes sense.
Listen, I could go on and on about this book, and I’m sorely tempted to do so. However, you can read the whole darn thing online at http://www.shigabooks.com/books/bookhunter/d1.html, so why not go do that? Then post to the CB Forums about how right I was about the book.