The GeeksverseReturn of the Dapper Men – Advanced Review

Return of the Dapper Men – Advanced Review
Published on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 by

Published by: Archaia Comics
Created by: Jim McCann & Janet Lee
Written by: Jim McCann
Art by: Janet Lee
Lettered by: Dave Lanphear
Designed by: Todd Klein
Editor: Stephen Christy

If there is a recent comic book or graphic novel that deserves to be on the shelves in a library or in a school, it’s this one. There aren’t that many comic books/graphic novels that truly stand as instant classics, that truly deserve to be read as an assignment in school. This is one.

What a magical work.

All the elements that make a good fairy-tale are here. There’s the sense of fun. A hint of danger. A sense of wonder. The hint that there are deeper things buried beneath the surface. The knowledge that there’s more to the story but it leaves off where your own imagination can take over. There’s the moral lesson, hidden in such a way that the lesson is imparted on the listening child who normally would have shied away from the lesson if they had known there was one to be had.

The story has a lyrical quality, flowing smoothly around the pictures. The Dapper Man, #41s, speech is fun to follow. I enjoyed trying to make sense out of what he was saying. And yet, it all did make sense, with just enough left over to make us wonder if we had understood it all.

And the pictures, the wonderful pictures..

Janet Lee’s work is amazing. It’s a style that perfectly fits this world. There’s a feeling of whimsy in alot of the pages, but with a solid strength behind them. I could see the panels moving, from one to the other, as they flow across the page. More then once I just stopped and stared at the pages. And yes, I did stop and try to count all the falling Dapper Men. I gave up after fifty.

This book is a work of art, in a literary sense and in a illustrative sense.

Even the letterer turned in amazing work, having just the right fonts to go with the different characters. Arranging the letters to flow around the pictures. Even getting the letters to create feeling, when describing how books are now used to get things that are JUST out of reach, the word JUST being bigger and stretching, giving the feeling of straining and reaching to grab something that is just out of reach.

Return of the Dapper Men receives
10 out of 5

My only complaint is that it ended.

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