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Nacropolis #1

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2008
By: Martijn Form

Jamie Delano
Jeremy Rock
Avatar Press
When I gazed through Previews and noticed that Jamie Delano was going to write a new series for Avatar, it was a no brainer to pre-order.

British creators Alan Moore, Grant Morrison and Warren Ellis all get a lot of praise for shaking up comics with their remarkable stories. They took comic book reading to a mature level in the late '80s and early '90s, but for me personally there are several unsung heroes who deserve more credit than just a footnote in comic book history. Among them is Jamie Delano, who created some brilliant runs on Hellblazer, Animal man, 2020 Visions and my personal favourite Outlaw Nation.

Nacropolis isn't an easy read. You just can not sit down and read this while eating your lunch and watch that lovely female colleague you want to date. No sir! I've read a lot of comics, but this one is special. I read this issue several times because one, I had to! And two, because I wanted to!

I read this comic about five times over a period of a week, and still I feel that there is more to discover than meets the eye. This comic should be treated as a piece of art. Well, maybe "art" isnít the right term because the drawings aren't really exceptional. The writing is though. Not all the words used in this comic are in the dictionary, which only adds to Delanoís skill at making food for thought.

Nacropolis is a strange futuristic world that feels a bit like Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan, but Delano has his own unique strong voice. He plays with words and language like a mathematician with numbers. Skillful and refreshing, this issue demands that the reader be focused 100% in order to digest a plot involving narcotics, nude tidy and a bird-like-turkey on a roof! When I finally got a bit confortable with this story, Jamie Delano slapped me in the face, gave me a shiner and served a final scene that twisted my stomach.

Delanoís story initially disappointed me. Really it did. Mainly because Iím not the biggest fan of the typical static Avatar art. Nacropolis contains this same "house" art style: one dimensional character drawings, extremely sterile ink work and adequate but unexciting coloring. But the average artwork can be overlooked, because Delano is back in town and his pen is fully loaded.

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