Comic Review : Strange Killings – Body Orchard


This is actually a trade from Avatar Press, written by Warren Ellis and drawn by Mike Wolfer. All black and white, 144 pages and generally fun stuff.

Its a story dealing with combat magician William Gravel who has been resurrected in the new Gravel mini series

The short version of the story is that a group of assassins who used to be under Gravel’s command kill a senator and pin the blame on him, so he kicks their asses. The End.

This might not seem like that much story to fill 144 pages, and to be honest a writer of Ellis’ skill could probably give us the same story in a third of that, but this book feels deliberately decompressed in the action scenes. Whereas normally writers spend 6 pages on a conversation when they are accused of decompression, this book gets that out of the way and can spend 3 pages on one kick to the head. Quite unlike any pacing I’ve read before and I really enjoyed it. That said, this comic book slomo combined with the running up walls and acrobatic gun-play do lend themselves to obvious comparisons to The Matrix and the cynic in me was seeing the whole thing as a bit of an extended movie pitch… but when the ride was this much fun, who cares?

Stars out of 5 – 3

Dry Slaps – 1 …while I dont mind black and white comics, with the amount of blood and gore in this a few splashes of red woulda been nice which I’ve recently been enjoying. Turns out this collection is the fourth in six collections preceding this mini, but I definately found this volume works as a stand alone and at no point did I feel I was missing out on any vital information by not knowing the characters entire history.

GS Reviewer: Bluemeanie

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