The Probability Broach [ePub]

by L. Neil Smith

When it comes to comic art, I'm probably pickier than most, and it's always a good chunk of my concern when criticizing comics.Bieser has a grasp of human anatomy and is occasionally inventive with his compositions and panel layouts, but stylistically his drawing is too static, the colors are too bright.It's the sort of stock comic book style (though not in the heroic vein), which just doesn't appeal to me personally.

Of course, a great story and interesting ideas can elevate even mediocre comics.Smith's story has some interesting SF elements, particularly the "probability broach" of the title and a parallel world that more resembles a future paradise.Thrown into this paradise, the lead character, Win, grows as a person, becoming more confident as the story progresses.The other characters don't really have the same level of depth, and sometimes they spend too much time spouting what essentially amounts to libertarian propaganda.His dialogue is generally quite clunky.Additionally, the story is too thickly plotted in the latter half, and the parliamentary scene, while interesting politically, is just not dramatically compelling.

Back to the spouting of libertarian propaganda, as someone coming from a different end of the political spectrum, it was often difficult to completely buy Smith's premise.Especially some of the conclusions he comes to at the end.On the other hand, the goal of any utopian literature is to present an author's ideal reality; whether it's actually possible is always open for debate.At the very least, this provides one with an ideal reality as libertarians see it.Some ideas are worth considering, some don't hold up.Understanding those ideas is always worthwhile.

06.09.2010

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