Comic book, 2010

I’m not going to lie; the abysmal release schedule of RASL has diminished the reading experience for me. I love the pamphlet format, but it seems like we’re going through the motions here, an initial part of Smith’s creative process that is only a stepping stone to the story’s true format; a collection. A complete (quote) graphic novel (endquote), at which point everyone will start talking about this again. It’s been so long since the last issue I don’t have a clear idea of what’s going on anymore, and as far as I can tell, not much happened in this issue. Smith’s style seems to be loosening. A product of artistic experimentation, or just trying to get the book out? Or both? And maybe I’m holding his reputation against him, but Smith’s tough-guy posturing in here doesn’t seem to fit him. 3

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