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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 173

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at Brian Talbot’s great Tale of One Bad Rat…

Enjoy!

You know, Talbot’s work is so strong on this book I don’t think I even need to show you anything but the first two issues (the comic is split into three chapters over four issues – which is kind of weird, now that you think about it) and you will want the comic if you have not read it yet.

First, check out the stunning opening…

This introduces us to Helen, the homeless girl with an awful past who found the strength to carry on based on the works of Beatrix Potter and also her pet rat…

Flashbacks mix throughout the book…

Even when it seems she has met some okay people when she begins to stay with some squatters, but her past follows her there…

and when the squatters’ cat kills her rat, well, she takes off…

she begins traveling and that’s where we learn that her rat is still with her, but in a slightly different fashion…

This is an excellent work by Talbot filled with wonderful artwork and a powerful plot with a quirky way of delivering said plot. The collected work is especially good (because of the whole “chapters not equaling number of issues” thing).

13 Comments

It looks awesome. I’ll see if I can find the TPB somewhere.
Brian, I love this column. You have pointed me to great comics I might never seen otherwise.

Two blogs about the same comic in one day.This must really be good.I’ll look for it

On a side note.Is there a reason why CSBG isn’t the first option on the blog list?Is it a setting on my comp.?Not that I hate spinoff or anything,but I like to read the CSBG posts everyday,the others not so much.Thanks in advance.

funkygreenjerusalem

June 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm

It looks awesome. I’ll see if I can find the TPB somewhere.

They did a re-release a month or so back, so it should be about.

I just read this a couple of weeks ago. It is a fantastic comic. The latest TPB has some nice extras too, I particularly liked an essay written by Talbot.

On a side note.Is there a reason why CSBG isn’t the first option on the blog list?Is it a setting on my comp.?Not that I hate spinoff or anything,but I like to read the CSBG posts everyday,the others not so much.Thanks in advance.

I presume they want to promote the new blog, so it’s the default first option on the blogs now. You can still get Comics Should Be Good’s latest posts pretty easily, right?

i never read this when it came out as what i heard made it sound too depressing for me.
However, i

LOVE

rats, so i may get this on the strength of the artwork & detail of the rat alone.

By the way, rats make excellent pets. They are clean [you can see the rat cleaning itself in the bathroom], can be housebroken, and are extrememly personable. You can’t ask for a better pet than a couple of pet rats. If you only get one, you’ll need to spend lots of time with it. You can get two or three [of the same gender] and they’ll keep each other company.

DFTBA

I have a couple of issues of this that I picked up in the quarter bin at my shop’s annual Valentine blowout sale. It’s a beautiful book. I should read it in its entirety someday.

Not to push too much Talbot, but do Luther Arkwright next!

I have been meaning to read this for two years now, but something always comes up and I end up putting it back on the shelf. I really need to just sit down and read it.

Travis Pelkie

June 23, 2010 at 7:08 pm

It is lovely, and as Warren Ellis pointed out in Fell back matter, Talbot uses the 9 panel grid as an underlying structure, but adjusts panel sizes in order to alter the story rhythm, while still having that grid structure to help along reading.

I was never impressed with this comic. I mean, there’s some craft in it for sure, but after that… I don’t know, I just don’t connect with it at all.

Yes Brian it’s only one extra click,that’s all.

I was never impressed with this comic. I mean, there’s some craft in it for sure, but after that… I don’t know, I just don’t connect with it at all.

Me neither.

I thought it was great.

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