COMIC REVIEW: Girl/Boy

Girl/Boy by Andrew Tunney is the story of a crime-fighting duo Girl and Boy. Girl and Boy begin to get intimate with each other and sparks begin to fly.

Tunney’s art is a joy to be seen. His work is a marriage made in heaven: noir meets pop art. Even thought this comic is black and white, Tunney shows how much you can do with the colours as they are beautiful. They are inked to perfection showing a range of shades as well as a variety of greys. This makes the city that they inhabit look all the sweeter. When Girl is seen on a page on her own there is much white used whereas when Boy is on his own there is a lot of black. Tunney cleverly meshes the two together using mostly greys when they are with each other.

The stark use of colour creates a symmetry through the book as well as showing the differences between men and women: the ying and yang, boys from Mars, girls from Venus. His use of light is stellar as it adds depth and emotion to the surroundings and the characters. Furthermore, Tunney’s artistic style shines through with his imagination. For example he creates a love heart out of spray paint. This is later illustrated again differently to show the change in the story. The symmetry here and innovative as well as modern approach makes the book stand out. He is easily one of the best up and coming talents for this style.

Tunney’s pace is perfect as the story moves quickly. He does not allow the pages to become cluttered with words and instead is sparing, allowing the artwork to do most of the talking. His beats feel natural and the page breaks work well. Girl/Boy is a marriage of art and words as the comic medium should be. For example, Tunney uses some beautiful techniques such as positioning the camera angel so that we can see the characters through a puddle as well as later seeing Girl through the first person.

This camera angle works so well as Tunney has used mirrors in order for the reader to see her fractured state of mind. What is more, he uses various techniques to show different lettering. Girl’s (black) caption boxes differ to that of Boy’s (white) contrasting well with the colours that are used on the page. Further he uses other techniques such as showing captions as if they are text messages off mobile phones. This continues to show this book as a very modern tale.

Unfortunately Girl/Boy’s greatest downfall is a big issue: the story. In comparison to the tremendous art and structure of the piece, there does not seem to be much to it. Although the characters look like they have depth there is little to their characters. By the end of the book we don’t know much more about Girl and Boy than we knew at the start.

That said, Girl/Boy is definitely worth checking out. It is a beautifully crafted comic book and deserves praise for this. The story is weaker than the art but as the art is fantastic this would have been a difficult thing to achieve. Further there is enough here for the reader to want to see a second slice of the pie from Tunney.

You can buy Girl/Boy http://www.andrewtunney.com/comics/girlandboy/#buy

Rating (for art): 5 out of 5
Rating (for story): 3 out of 5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
GS Reporter: Luke Halsall

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