Disgraceland #2

Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2000
By: Darren

Cover of Disgraceland #2 Creator(s): James Merritt
Publishers: Self Published
From: New Zealand

Call him Ishmael. He is charming, funny and a user of people. He's taken up residence with Donna. That consists of eating all her food and never sleeping over, preferring to crash with one Donna's friends. During a drunken wander late at night he knocks over the letter box of Sharlotte. He strikes up a conversation with her, flirts a bit and decides on a scheme; he is going to move in with her.
Yeah, it is a soup opera, and it is very well told. The characters are an alternative bunch, hanging around all day in coffee shops, trading dope and going magic mushroom collecting. There is an undercurrent of malice to the story with Ishmael. He is a compelling character, with the hint of a nasty streak not to far from the surface. By the end of the issue I wanted to see what was going to happen next, who was going to get hurt and whether Sharlotte's friends were going do anything to protect her.
In the art department James is no slouch, the thirty four pages of black and white artwork show a solid grasp of visual story telling with a nice eye for detail.

In a Word: Licentious.

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