The sci-fi epic Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn takes place somewhere in the outer cosmos, beyond reckoning or observation. The mysterious Dr. Z has enlisted three space heroes to search the galaxy for the fabled Twelve Gems of Power: the hulking alien-brawn Furz; the beautiful and deadly …
by Joe Kessler
Published by Breakdown Press
74p, color, 7.25"x9.5"
A motion through color and architecture, Kessler's work is some of the most successfully painterly comics I've seen in recent years. Windowpane #2 is not remarkable in terms of its storylines or character depth but it packs a whollop resting almost entirely in it's stunning visual design, functioning at it's best when it strikes out wordlessly to explore the spaces it creates. Telling you why it's good seems to fail, but once you see it, it explains itself perfectly - emotion through image, taking full advantage of the risograph layers to deliver some memory burn pages. -EF