Assassin

 ASSZ   (Archangel, 2003)

ô and ©2003 Bradley J. Kayl & Christian Gossett

It doesnít start out pretty, folks. Right from the splash page, Kaylís heavy-handed and overly long narrative voices over the scene of an apparently recent gunfight, dropping not even the subtlest of hints as to just what might be going on. And, although the art reproduces nicely directly from Hendersonís pencils, the first look is a little too rough, as the artís preliminary construction lines remain visible. Itís as though the inks had been forgotten rather than deliberately omitted.

But, like an old car on a cold morning, things get up to speed once warmed up. An early twist shakes the cobwebs loose, and from there Kayl and Gossett waste no more time introducing the assassin Samuel and how he comes to find himself with the presidentís image in his rifle scope. And, through a flashback sequence with a beautifully written dialogue between Samuel and his victim-to-be, Kayl reveals just how hellish this assassinís fascist world has become.

Snakebite and Schrierís enhancements to Hendersonís art dominate some pages and are barely evident in others. The result? Some pages are gorgeously rendered, while others look unfinished. Artistically, none of the pages look bad, by any means, but consistency would have been welcome.

It shimmies at the start, but itís a smooth-running machine by issueís end. Get it and read it, albeit with a little early patience.

ó Jim Johnson

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Limited Edition Sketch Preview; ca. 2003Bradley James KaylJet Henderson, Aaron Horvath, Chris Gossett

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Variant cover: gun in bloody handBradley James Kayl, Chris GossettJet Henderson, Snakebite, Paul Schrier