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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 274

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 comics posted so far!

Today we look at a tale of paranoia and human nature in a look at how a small town in 1938 deals with a mishearing of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds in The Broadcast, by writer Eric Hobbs and artist Noel Tuazon.

Enjoy!

The basic concept behind the comic is pretty straightforward – halfway into Orson Welles’ famous War of the Worlds radio play a small Indiana town loses power. So they think it is for real (it is reasonable that this could happen, if they skipped the beginning of the episode, which was reasonable since it was on opposite a much more popular program and the next break to explain that it was fictional came two/thirds of the way into the program) and react accordingly.

So from that point on, it is basically just a psychological drama with paranoia preying on all of the people in the town while also spotlighting class struggles between the various townspeople.

Tuazon’s artwork has a great, wispy feel to it that really works to show the drama and uncertainty of the night…

A small town in Washington actually had something like this happen in real life, so it was believable to me as a plot.

Meanwhile, Hobbs does a strong job developing strong, interesting characters that he then sets against the backdrop of the scary plot.

This was a well done graphic novel.

Click here to read more about the book and see where you can order it. Another great NBM book!

4 Comments

Sounds interesting. I think I’ve heard of Tuazon, but not sure where.

However, with the art style here, the use of, let’s call them, “standard” word balloons is a jarring juxtaposition. What looks to be a sort of wash artwork is clashed greatly with the hard sharp black and white of the word balloons. It doesn’t mesh well.

It’s a similar problem to the way word balloons clash with Alex Ross’s art in Marvels or Kingdom Come. However, it’s not necessarily bad, just jarring.

Or maybe I’m just babbling.

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Travis Pelkie

May 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm

What’s weird is that I’ve read this, finally, and the word balloon thing wasn’t jarring as I was reading. Maybe it’s the screen resolution, or something.

Travis Pelkie

May 23, 2011 at 12:00 am

wasn’t as jarring when I was reading as when I commented, I should say.

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