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The Last Musketeer - Jason

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Genre: Graphic Novels / Comics / Author: Jason / Edition: illustrated edition / Paperback / 48 Pages / Book is published 2008-01-30 by Fantagraphics

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      15.08.2010 18:56
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      Jason is a comic book artist I have recently got into who has produced a series of short graphic novels for the Fantagraphics publishing house. Jason (real name John Arne Sæterøy) has crafted a particular style that is pretty minimalist in style, but one that is very easy on the eye and incredibly easy to get into.

      Jason's drawing is superb. It beautifully renders imaginary worlds in a crisp and brilliant manner. His characters are anthropomorphic , the only real way to describe them are thinking man's Futurama. This book in particular only concentrates on block colour, making striking pages that are difficult to describe here. They are nothing like the Marvel and DC graphic novels you might or might not be familiar with, they are much more simple - but also equally striking.

      Every page is split into 9 identical sized panels, Jason never changes the sizes of them and there is a striking visual style just to that throughout the book. I have read a couple of his other books, and they all use a very similar scheme throughout.

      His characters are also very well rounded. In such a short amount of time he introduces us to the last 'Musketeer' - here it is Athos, bizarrely still living in modern day France but wearing his familiar Musketeer outfit. When the world is attacked by Death Rays from outer space, Athos travels into outer space to the alien planet to stop the evil dictator at the heart of the attack.

      The writing is also very clever. Jason is able to give his characters massive scope and real emotion, something that Disney never really managed (unless it was of the saccharine variety). Here the story is brilliantly played out - and it's also really, really funny.

      Its really good to see that Jason's books are being translated into English. He is most popular in France and Norway, but he is starting to become popular over here.

      If you like comic books and want to try something really different then try any book by Jason. The Last Musketeer is a brilliant piece of work that needs to be discovered by you!


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