Reporter #4 by Dylan Williams
Note from 7/7/02: Iâ€™m a moron. I read some of the other issues and this issue makes perfect sense to me now. Iâ€™m just going to leave this review up in case anybody out there thinks that I know what Iâ€™m talking about. This should disprove that theoryâ€¦
If there was one name that was repeated to me over and over again from all corners of the small press world, it was Dylan Williams. Everybody said that I just had to put him on my page, that his Reporter series was possibly the best mini going (depending on who you ask). So, naturally, I had extremely high expectations for this, and Iâ€™m sorry to say that they werenâ€™t met, at least not in this issue. Itâ€™s the story of an armored car robbery, with a slight twist: itâ€™s a silent issue. The previous silent comics that Iâ€™ve seen were pretty slow and the silence accentuated the mood. Itâ€™s a bold move to make an issue about a robbery silent, but it just didnâ€™t work for me. I read it twice today and I still donâ€™t know exactly what happened. I think I finally figured out where everybody involved is now and some of what happens, but itâ€™s still kind of a blur. Were parts of it flashbacks? Which parts? There arenâ€™t any breaks, and itâ€™s really hard to tell whatâ€™s happening when. I feel like thereâ€™s one simple element that Iâ€™m missing to bring the whole thing together, but until I figure that out this issue is going to remain a disappointment. Keep in mind, though, that Iâ€™m still going to buy the other issues of this series, mostly because everybody thinks so highly of him. And, I feel obligated to point out again that Iâ€™m the only person out there who doesnâ€™t think of this guy as the Jesus of the small press scene, and thatâ€™s based on one short, silent issue. To say that heâ€™s not worth checking out is ridiculous. All Iâ€™m saying is that this isnâ€™t the issue to start with. If I experience a moment of absolute clarity and this whole thing comes together, Iâ€™ll let you know and apologize for being a moron. Until then, go with one of the earlier issues and see what you think.