Tag Archive for Howard Chaykin

“…about letting go of the old ways…” Thoughts on Howard Chaykin’s Century West

Century West looks like a western story, taking place in a small Texas town where the Texas Ranger still wears a cowboy vest and a duster. He looks more like an aging version of a 1950s television cowboy than any rough and tumble cowboy. Bob is a man who looks at the future more as an invasion than as progress. Chaykin shows this just through sighs the man exhales and through his sad eyes whenever he sees some sign of the future. It’s not like the past was great though; he’s got every young gun coming and looking for him, believing he’s the man who shot Jesse James in the back even though Bob was still a kid in Saskatoon when that happened. The past happened and Bob is more comfortable there, riding his horse than in the cars invade his town.

@Newsarama– Satellite Sam #1 and Elephantmen #50

Satellite Sam #1 is a slightly paradoxical comic because it wears its influences on its sleeve. And that influence just happens to be drawing this comic. Fraction, like a whole generation of comic creators and readers, has grown up reading Howard Chaykin comics. It’s a bit scary to think that someday someone should do a study on just how Chaykin books like American Flagg!, The Shadow and Black Kiss has warped the minds of everyone who read those books at ages when they probably shouldn’t have. This comic reads like a love letter to those Chaykin comics as Fraction introduces these strange little perversions into the lives of his character.

Shapes of (comic) Universes– a review of Butcher Baker, the Righteous Maker

Butcher Baker The Righteous Maker is the book the teenage me wanted to make back after reading The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen and American Flagg! With a cover which looks like any generic report cover bought at a Walgreens adorned with its magic marker scribblings of a title and creators, to the anything-goes approach to storytelling and artwork, Joe Casey and Mike Huddleston write and draw a story that features everything there is to love about the deconstructionist superhero comics of the 1980s.