"13 Court Street"
Writer/Artist: Batton Lash
Publisher: Exhibit A
For the tenth anniversary of Supernatural Law Batton Lash constructs something extremely clever and special. I also do not believe I have ever read anything like this before, and I have read a lot of books.
Lash's unique choice of narrator gives this triplet of short stories tied into one day and one night in the lives of the Councilors of the Macabre a refreshing twist. The way in which Lash confines himself to that point of view while at the same time showing a detailed look at the thoughts and feelings of the lawyers for "the things that go bump in the night" exhibits a writer in a state of complete ease with his skill.
The usual pun-laden dialogue accompanies a wide ranging cast, and Lash makes everything feel realistically chaotic--to mimic the hustle and bustle of the legal world--without bombarding the reader with chaotic writing. The writing is supremely controlled but the mood is effectively scattered.
Artwise, Lash actually does something few have been able to do. Apart from his usual splendid renderings of Wolff, Byrd, Mavis and Corey, he draws a genuinely nasty-looking werewolf. Even on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Oz looked like a cross between a bunny and doggie. This is the second best werewolf I have seen all year; the first was the friendly, female werewolf on Angel.
Congratulations to Batton Lash and the tenth anniversary of his characters. He certainly deserves to be in a business for another ten years.
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