Rich Burlew continues to show his mastery of the craft, as he managed to pull off a very powerfully cinematic piece here. We’ve just had the latest big plot arc come to a resolution… but this strip easily gives us the sense that we are only in the calm before the storm.
I can’t stress enough how much I like the pacing right here. As I said before – it is very cinematic. A classic build-up to whatever is coming, and I definitely am eagerly awaiting.
I like the fact that he is able to fit a good half-dozen plot points into the strip without them feeling out of place. I like the fact that, as in most of his work, he pays attention to all the characters. I like the fact that even with a serious set-up like this, he still pulls out a punchline.
And as good as this strip is… strip number 300 is only 2 strips away.
I can’t imagine he won’t do something special for it. I can only eagerly await and see what he’s got for us next…
Davan with a beard looks old.
I was really startled by how much it changes his appearance. We’d seen the start of the growth recently, but this was the first time we saw a full beard – and, as I said, it makes him look a lot older.
Now, it is admittedly true that growing up is one of the comic’s big themes.
I’m not going to make any speculation on exactly what Davan’s new appearance might mean – it may just be as simple as pointing out that he is too busy and too stressed to have time to shave.
Still, it came as a bit of a shock to see, and I figured I’d make note of it.
Till next week!