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PERIOD by Christopher Adams

The first page shot of the seahorse is an example of Adams’ terrific use of light-sourcing and shadow to define the contours of the objects he’s working with. Period is a bold statement on the notion that larger things are happening in the world (like, say, a robust covert program of lethal UAV drone strikes) while we dutifully go through our daily routines and sometimes monotonous obligations to work, family, and friends. The simple cover belies both this hidden dreariness and also the larger evils lurking in the world. The only real down side for me in this project was that sometimes the panel to panel transitions can be a little rough and require repeated viewings. Most of the time, this occurs when the very small panels (we’re talking 32 panels to one page in some instances) are stacked on top of each other and one tier blends into the next tier depending on the similarity of the colors adjacent (which are all blacks, whites, and grays – save for one big color pop right on the middle of the book). I read the random seahorse, hammerhead shark, or that pesky predator drone as basically metaphors for substantive issues. They could be representative of the dangers inherent in the election cycle, the covert wars against terrorism the media habitually fails to spotlight, a reluctance to honestly and aggressively address climate change, or our seemingly stalled ability to reconcile the financial meltdown. I’m sure a critic smarter than I (paging Rob Clough…) could probably draw singular correlations from one topic to each sequence in the comic being depicted. While that’s not me, I can sort of sense the connections just on the periphery of critique. Anyway, I enjoy how Adams’ sort of subtly rails against lethargy, against political apathy, against not being educated about the world and how you can affect it, even slightly. It’s too easy for us to be so caught up in our daily lives putting out all the little personal fires, that we fail as a society to see the larger issues that contribute to starting the fires in the first place. It’s the dilemma of the modern world. Period. Grade A-.

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