Thursday, March 17, 2011
SCAPULA. Aidan Casserly (Writer & Artist). www.aidancasserly.com (2010)
This is a collection of some of the story lines from the superb web comic with one extra story exclusive to the collection. Scapula is a needy, rather pathetic and cowardly supervision attempting to gain respect from an uncaring world. One of the pleasures of the book is that it is not another superhero parody, it sparkles with an independent and very funny life. Aidan Casserly ranges across genres to develop solid and well thought stories full of very dark and cutting humour. There is no need to catch the references to enjoy the stories, the cast and the jokes stand very much in their own right. Scapula is a brilliant character, the impotent rage against his life, the whiny regrets about his failings are sharply developed so that he is funny but never tiresome. The rest of the cast are equally well developed and individual, they deal with their circumstances with tremendous, if frequently misguided energy, and draw the reader in.
The art is lovely, packed with detail which creates a superb context for the actions of the cast. The slightly cartoon look adds greatly to the action, the cast react and overreact as they should. They convey a lot through their body language, complemented by the nicely aware narration and laugh out loud dialogue. A great web comic, a great comic.