Reporter #1 by Dylan Williams
For fans of comics reviewed in chronological order: or the page for this author, forget it. I think I reviewed #4 first, then #3, then #2, then maybe the Little Black book, #5, #6 and now back to #1. Oh, and #3 occurs after the events in #4. So really, just forget it and enjoy them as self-contained stories for the moment. When #7 comes out I'll read all of these in a bunch and give my thoughts on the whole deal, for now I'm just going back to the beginning. It's instantly obvious that Reporter has its own niche, as the first page has a man, wrapped in bandages, slam his hand in the car door. Apparently this isn't the first time this has happened, and we're taken (without explanation) right to a diner. At this diner a conversation between two writers is happening, one of whom is interviewing the other. The interviewee has been recording everything going on around him for years, to the point that he now has a home full of notebooks detailing everything, from every angle, that has been going on around him for years. The bandaged man comes back into the picture (after a brief, unexplained appearance by the ex of the interviewer), and it turns out that he had given the interviewer a story, as the interviewer had trouble coming up with his own story ideas. The bulk of the rest of this comic is the story he was given, a tale about a giant underwater statue. I'm sure I've said it before on this page, but I love the fact that this is so clearly a complete puzzle in Dylan's head and he's only giving us the corner pieces. As long as it makes sense in the end and the stories are compelling in the meantime, I have something approaching limitless patience for this sort of thing. If you don't, well, there are plenty of self-contained graphic novels and the like all over this website, check those out. For those of you who don't mind taking your time for an eventual big reward, I can't recommend this series highly enough.
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