Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Goliath by Tom Gauld
The dark, dry humour in Gauld's You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack collection of comics is present in Goliath. "There's been a mistake... I'm not a champion. I'm the fifth-worst swordsman in my platoon... I do paperwork!"
The bronzy-copper colour of the ink is just right for the biblical setting. Gauld uses simple, stylized shapes and lots of crosshatchings, nicely capturing the passage of time over an unchanging landscape.
The characters ring true, so even though this is presented as an absurdist comedy, it's also a thought-provoking look at the senselessness of war from a soldier's point of view.
Readalikes: Run Far, Run Fast (Timothy Decker); The Island (Armin Greder).