it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken
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More comic book nattering.

I'm reading Ben Templesmith and warren_ellis's Fell (it's currently the only comic I am reading) (thank you, kit_kindred), and just finished issue #4.

...I really, really, really love the resolution of this issue.

Rich Fell's reaction to the essential unfairness of the universe he finds himself in--fine, then I will be unfair right back--really snapped into place for me. He changed at the end of this issue, with an almost audible click, and it was just beautifully done.

This book is working for me as a character study, and as a conversation about that essential quality of the world--life isn't fair, Princess--that frustrates so damned many of us so much. And what I'm really loving is the underplayed subtlety with which it's made evident that something is helping Fell. Something mystical. Coincidence. A conspiracy of the universe. It marked his neck. It brought him to the runaway girl in the bar. It handed him that boat hook.

Something is looking out for Fell. It's an unfair universe. And something is bringing its thumb down on the scales.

Mmm. Shiny.

Also, I love that last panel, where he says to the city, "You hear that? Every time you take one... ...I'm going to take one back."



The ambiguity there is stunning. It's not justice. It's not right. It's not moral. It's not fair.

But it's a way to fight.
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