Andrew Luke's Comic Book EPISODE III Revenge Of The Cantina
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Andrew Luke's Comic Book EPISODE III Revenge  Of The Cantina (c) Andrew Luke
Andrew Luke's Comic Book EPISODE III Revenge Of The Cantina © Andrew Luke

Andrew Luke's Comic Book EPISODE III Revenge Of The Cantina
Andrew Luke

TRS Review

Um, well - you could say that Andrew Luke is a bit like a comics naive artist - something like an Alfred Wallis - long may he continue & plough his own furrow, but this comic just confused me, and not in a good way either.
It is largely based on a parody of Star Wars, & not being an aficionado of this particular merchandising commodity, I would imagine there are huge swathes of satirical backhanders that are completely lost on me... at least, I would hope so; I didn't really find it funny.  
It does have a plot - a story arc - but the panel to panel story has no real flow, making it an uncomfortably disjointed read. I hear Chester Brown creates comic pages from individually drawn panels & arranges these on the page. I have a suspicion that there is a similar process involved with the production of this comic. I would guess that Chester has a vision of the finished page: how the panels interact to create a cohesive flow, & probably how that flow is positioned in the overall scheme of the comic. The panels in Andrew's comic can often be treated each as individuals - there sometimes seems little regard as to how they might fit into the larger scheme of the page, let alone the comic as a whole. To add to this disjointed reading there is the wilful desire to have the comic read sideways - you have to hold it sideways & lift new pages from the bottom. I have nothing against unconventional formats, but this just added to the awkwardness of the reading. It perhaps has a logical start in the parody of the text scrolling title sequence that all (?) Star Wars films seem to have as a signature, but it doesn't perform well for comics. I guess it could be considered a 'wide screen presentation' but the gag is not exploited.
In the artwork, elements like the crosshatching are untidy & even inappropriate. Hatching is used for shading or implying direction, but Andy's usage seems to have little consideration of the effect the hatching creates when applied. Regardless of the density of hatching, no real sense of depth is achieved; unfortunately it often just sits there, in stripes.
Okay - so Andrew displays rudimentary drawing skills & these do not really help with the clarity of the reading, but to be positive, it does have to be said that he looks like he's had fun creating it. There's a use of cut outs & differing media: pens, paints, which makes it all look more interesting than many of the charmless efforts that I've seen. It's just a shame some of that fun spirit didn't manage to imbue itself into my reading of it.

Andrew Luke's Comic Book EPISODE III Revenge Of The Cantina:
28 A5 pages.
Price: £1.50 (+P+P?)
Address: Andrew Luke, 11 May Avenue, Castle Street, Bangor, BT20 4JT
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