Title: SAMURAI SLASHER: LATE FEES
Format: AMERICAN COMICS FORMAT. COLOUR
Length: 22 STORY PAGES
Publisher: MIKE GARLEY
Creators: WRITTEN BY MIKE GARLEY, ILLUSTRATED BY LUKASZ KOWALCZUK,COLOURS BY LUKASZ MAZUR
Not what I was expecting.
This comic is a rather touching and thoughtful comic about the relationship between a boy and his troubled father seen through the prism of 1980s video rentals. The Samurai Slasher of the title is merely a fictional 1980s horror movie that provides added colour and fantasy to what is a bittersweet domestic tale of family troubles and estrangement.
The art is vivid, cartoony and modern. The colours are bold and striking. The setting is familiar to anyone who lived through the 1980s. The storytelling is very easy on the eye.
It reads as if this is a personal tale to the writer, but that isn’t spelt out. Is this an autobiographical story? In the end it doesn’t matter, because clearly it could be.
Worth your time to seek out and ponder it’s means for yourself.
John A. Short