I bet everyone thought I was going to pick We Stand On Guard #2 for the finest book of the week just because they mention Winnipeg, Manitoba in the book. Well, you are all wrong. I am no sellout. Only the best book of the week is worthy enough to get my praise. No gimmicks or silly name drops are going to win me over, better luck getting my vote next time American born Brain K Vaughan. Instead I have picked Kaptara, a book with no gimmicks, only dynamic writing and beautiful art from a comic creative team that call the best country in the world home. They are the Canadian super talent of Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod. Kaptara is the best book that touched my fingers today and the only book that has my spit on it (more about this later…or maybe I’ll just leave it at that). Speaking of BKV, Kaptara has been called the “Gay Saga” by Zdarsky himself, and as we all know “gay” is the new “child sex slave saved by bounty hunter”. So you better watch out Brian, you may have won your last Eisner. Gay Saga is bending you over. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Kaptara #4
by Chip Zdarsky & Kagan McLeod
The debut issue of Chip Zdarsky’s new science-fiction journey gets off to a rather conventional start. The crew of the Kanga consists of the usual assortment of mismatched personalities chafing at sharing close confines with each other. There’s the tough muscle man, the spirited female doctor, the take charge pilot, and so on. These characters are brushed in lightly by Zdarsky, not really rising too far above types. The most fully rounded member of the team is Keith, a young gay scientist, who only got the posting through the string pulling of his aunt in administration. Zdarsky spends the most time with him, positioning Keith as central to the story, so it only makes sense that he would be the most developed. As events progress, the remainder of the cast appears to consist primarily of cannon fodder anyway.
Continue reading Review of Kaptara #1