Friday, January 26, 2007

Graphic Novel A Day: The Legend of Grimjack Vol. 6

Writer: John Ostrander
Artist: Tom Mandrake, Robb Phipps & Mike Machlan
Company: IDW
Price: $24.99 ($16.22 used at Amazon)

And so ends an era for Grimjack. Though original artist Tim Truman had already moved on, John Ostrander stuck with John Gaunt for a little while longer, until the stories reprinted in this issue, where he and new artist Tom Mandrake put him through hell with another doomed love and then sent him to his final reward. Or so it would seem. It's funny, I bet reading this in single issues was amazing, because who would have guessed they would do what they did to the main character? True, the next iteration wasn't as good as the original, and in many ways this is the end of the best of Grimjack, but there's still plenty of good stuff to come, and this was a particular high point, taking the grim noir tone of the series to its logical conclusion.

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