Endless Plain #3, the

Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2001
By: Darren Schroeder

Cover of Endless Plain #3, the Creator(s): Tim Molloy
Publishers: Self Published
From: New Zealand
Price: $2 (NZ)

This energetic wee comic really makes no sense at all, but then its hallucinatory sense that anything that can happen give it a strange internal logic. It reads like a dream, or a Radiohead video (before they stopped making videos). The hero of the story wakes up in a small cubical. When he opens the door he finds himself high on the side of a skyscraper. Things get weird after that.

Tim has a very clever approach to page layout, which is lucky because he has set himself a hard task with the format of A4 letterhead folded in half length wise which forms a tall and thin book. Thus he has to work in two columns, each consisting of a various number of panels. He manages this well with good use of splash pages to add emphasis to the dramatic turns of the plot require it.

Some of the most impressive effects are apparent as transitions between scenes, where various and quite diverse events are made to flow naturally into each other and don't even give you the opportunity to go "what the heck!". Coherent isn't a word that springs immediately to mind, but those that do are all positive.

In a Word: Delirious.

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