Graphic Novel Review: Night Trippers
Submitted by Joey Manley on June 24, 2006 - 13:13
I've just updated Graphic Novel Review with a look at Mark Rickett and Micah Farritor's Night Trippers. Here's an excerpt of the review:
Detail from Night Trippers © 2006 Mark Ricketts and Micah Farritor
ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s novelty packed into the edges and margins and interstices of this book, cute ideas and miniature high concepts that sound cool when described, but which donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really serve any purpose within the larger (fairly predictable) story, except, well, to sound cool when described. For example, vampiric Beatles, mumbling Ã¢â‚¬Å“All you need is blood. Blood is all you need.Ã¢â‚¬Â Or a bumbling octogenarian pair of vampire-hunters, who stumble out of the nursing home, and onto the scene, long enough for one of them to get killed, performing no real work in the story that couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have been handled more efficiently without them. Even the most interesting character, the quasi-superhero, a vampire-killing Ã¢â‚¬Å“teddy boyÃ¢â‚¬Â who idolizes Elvis and talks in a sort of Lenny Bruce Ã¢â‚¬Å“beatnik hipÃ¢â‚¬Â patois, when heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not just shouting rockabilly lyrics verbatim, is, like the two old guys, only interesting because of surface characteristics Ã¢â‚¬â€ specifically, the surface characteristics IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve just listed. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty much all there is to him. The protagonist (or, at least, the character with whom we spend the most time throughout the course of the story Ã¢â‚¬â€ IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure if she can be called a protagonist, because sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s entirely too passive and unreadable to do any agon-ning, pro- or otherwise), a working-class girl who finds herself promoted into a Twiggy-like pop star by an ancient, wealthy vampire, for reasons that are never entirely clear (he says he wants to create a legion of undead superstars for the kids to emulate, so theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll beg to be made vampires; but then he never bothers to make our heroine a vampire Ã¢â‚¬â€ he deliberately avoids doing so, as a matter of fact), fails to engage. Until the very end, sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nothing more than a MacGuffin for the other characters to fight over. Inexplicably, in the last couple of pages, she becomes a vampire hunter herself, complete with an unusual weapon, and an outfit that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really qualify as a superhero costume Ã¢â‚¬â€ but only just barely doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t qualify ... read more ...