Talamander #07~ Killer cults, magical possessions, crazy women and wanton destruction. Yes, just another day here on planet Earth. Uh, Talamander.
I’m reading the story of the world of Brin, were there is a great reliance on history. The Journeys Of Brin have been in publication for around ten years, Brin himself is over 200 years old. This may not then, be the best time to begin reading Brin, however Rik Hoskin turns in a pop comic epic in the conclusion to the ‘Hymn Taking’ trilogy, one in which the story explodes and explodes and explodes. And it’s all damnable clever too.
With this illuminated booklet there is a joining of Tim Brown’s two styles, the freehand minimalist approach of restricted purpose found in opinionated and funny PART-TIME LIGHTS with TALAMANDER’S arranged-through-rigour scenes by fine attention. This highspeed shaping meets precision fitting is most visible in Brown’s figures, approached as portraiture, and these are beginning to grow on me. The traditional ‘mountain-building-river-shrubbery’ has yawned me a million times before. Yet when Brown puts these landscapes of epic grandeur into his comic…
The stylistic compromise for regular followers of Brown is all too frustratingly understandable, pathology. Tim is producing, possibly his finest work on Talamander, although I can’t help feel somewhat deadened when trying to gather a reaction. This is a very experimental installment, and that is both good and bad. If you can decide for me, send £1.25 to Tim Brown, 22 Woodborough Drive, Winscombe, Somerset, BS25 1HB.
I'm taking tomorrow off but if you miss me you can always read the first part of my Caption Piss-Up Recollection over at my weblog.