Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
A. David Lewis, the writer of last year’s best graphic novel, Some New Kind of Slaughter, has a nifty new webcomic strip running in The Boston Phoenix. It’s called Brave Play, and it’s drawn by Matt Roscetti. It takes place over the course of the 1948 baseball season (it began running just when the season began) and is about certain teams manipulating Native American spirits to benefit their clubs. So far we’ve seen a few spooky things, the introduction of the main characters, and some machinations of the plot. Lewis, presumably, chose 1948 for at least two reasons I can think of: It was the year after Jackie Robinson integrated baseball (the first few strips deal with the Negro Leagues) and 1948 was the year the Cleveland Indians won their last World Series, beating the Boston Braves. Twenty-four strips have been published as of this afternoon, but each are 3-4 panels and you can get caught up fairly quickly. Lewis is a fine writer, and there’s already a lot going on in the strip, both plot-wise and metaphysical-wise (baseball always seems to bring out the romantic nature of writers). Roscetti’s art is rough but works pretty well for the rough-and-tumble days of the late 1940s. I encourage you to go check it out!
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