Reckless Life

1063271709_m.jpgAn action packed crime comic from the pen of Tim Demeter, Reckless life follows the misadventures of Locke. This is quite a long runing webcomic which is also available in print.
The comic is rapidly paced and the sparse dialogue tends towards witty banter (not always as witty as you’d think). Demeter’s protagonist is attractive in that his motivations are perfectly human and he doesn’t always pull off his stunts and tricks flawlessly.
The writing is good but somewhat formulaic but this is an accusation that can be leveled at many titles. On saying that the christmas issue certainly broke the mould.
Visually the comic is arresting but it is here that the comic falls down. I’m surprised Matt Wagner’s Lawyers haven’t been on the phone yet. The black and white pallete is interspersed with red and gives the comic a more than passing resemblance to Grendel Tales. In fact the dynamic frame layout of the action also shares a similar source of inspiration. Artistically this comic is a bit of a Monet, in that it looks best at a distance. When Demeter goes in for a close up the characters look a little awkward in the earlier chapters but the latest chapters (Locke saves Christmas and Charity begins in hell) are vastly improved with a good sense of proportion throughout. The cityscape’s and frames of action are stark and dynamic. In fact this use of silhouette is masterful as evidenced by the superb cover designs.

There’s a lot to be said for this comic but I just couldn’t get past the stylistc resemblance to Grendel Tales.

  1. Thanks for the time, this is one of the most thoughtful reviews of my stuff that I’ve read. ‘Preciate it.


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