Review: John Oxbow
Submitted by bobweiner on January 11, 2009 - 13:26
My copy of â€œJohn Oxbow: Man Out of Timeâ€, by Mark Rudolph arrived this weekend, and I finally had a chance to sit down and read it. I first came across Markâ€™s work via Sugary Serials - check out The Curse of The Pharoahs to get a brief taste of Markâ€™s stellar art.
Anyway, back to â€œOxbowâ€.
This book has everything - dinosaurs, caves, lost ancient idols, time traveling, mystery, serious moral struggles, adventure, fighting â€” the works. The story itself is about a selfish thief named John Oxbow who gets some serious karmic payback for all the unscrupulous things heâ€™s done in the past.
The script is evenly paced, fun, and conjures up adventure in the style of Indiana Jones, Twilight Zone, with a little Quantum Leap thrown in for good measure. The tone of the book is reminiscent of comics from the 1970â€™s. The artwork is crisp, meticulous, and vibrant - thanks to solid inks and the judicious use of tones.
All in all, John Oxbow is a FUN book, clocking in at 20 pages - and I eagerly look forward to reading issue #2. I enjoyed this book a great deal! What could make it better? I actually had a difficult time coming up with that. Iâ€™d love to purchase a full-color version, maybe when Oxbow is collected as an album.
â€œJohn Oxbowâ€ is a fun read - it encompasses everything I enjoy about the sequential art medium. Itâ€™s all-ages friendly, and features amazing work by an incredibly talented artist. Help support independent artists like Mark - purchase your copy of â€œJohn Oxbowâ€ today!