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Purity #1

Posted: Saturday, December 2, 2006
By: Ray Tate



Writer: Shawn Lewis
Artists: Andres Grinaldo(p), Jaran Salcedo(i)
Publisher: Dakuwaka

A couple of things must be said before digging into the review. Purity appears to be influenced by Christian mythology. I am an agnostic and an atheist with regards to biblical lore. I am also not a fan of the gangster genre. Purity seems to be a fusion of the gangster genre and Christian belief. It's a bizarre combination, and it left me mostly indifferent. This could be due to my bias, or the nature of the material. I'll let you decide.

The best thing about Purity is the artwork. Andres Grinaldo knows how to set up a scene and carry a story through. His character posing is excellent, and he has a good grasp of anatomy. He knows how to express emotions--really nuances of one emotion--for each of the characters. He knows how to distinguish the characters without breaking the laws of proportion or scale. Inker Jaran Salcedo offers precision inks that give Grinaldo's pencils added depth. He creates illusions of texture and shadow with light cross-hatching. He emphasizes wrinkles and accents special effects like reflection and speed lines.

Shawn Lewis is a competent crafter of story. His dialogue and scenes fall like dominos. I'm still not that sure about to where the plot will be going, but there seems to be no real holes or contrivances. Mr. Lewis' characterization skills remain intangible. Almost everybody in Purity only seems capable of expressing one emotion, anger. The woman also serving as Purity's mcguffin does show surprise, but she only merits one page. The rest of the cast act pissed off and violently enraged. The "protagonist" of the story--a type of private eye, at a guess--sleeps with two women, yet he still manages to be red and bellicose. The narrator acts seriously hateful of everybody, including her ex-lover--he with the clown hair. Of course, this chap also issues extreme nastiness. Cameo players behave rudely. One of the girls making the "protagonist's" entourage exhibits awful manners.

Because of the lack of a single character worthy of applause and/or sympathy, Purity didn't really engage this reader. I can't say that I hated anybody, but this is because there's no way to compare or contrast the actions of any of the characters. Every one in the story is loathsome.



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