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Book Title: Fishtown|
The author of the book: Kevin Colden
ISBN 13: 9781600102738
Edition: IDW Publishing
Date of issue: November 18th 2008
Format files: PDF
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I'm sure Colden's intentions were good. But what exactly were they? The quotes at the beginning and the end of the book shed more light than the story itself.
The first one: "It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous." (Sartre)
What follows is the story of four teenagers killing another one for kicks and money to buy drugs. It is told in a matter-of-fact way, as though it disturbs Colden no more to find men base, unjust, etc.
But if it doesn't disturb him, why the need to do this story? If he agrees with Sartre, wouldn't it be just as pointless as a story about ravenous vultures? On the other hand, if the crime did disturb him enough to make this GN, why the Sartre quote? Perhaps Colden is responding to the quote rather than illustrating it. Saying: "Sartre may no longer be disturbed, but I'm no Sartre, I'm still disturbed by humanity's lower points, and I'm sure you, dear reader, will be too when you're done."
This reader wasn't disturbed.
I think it would have been different if the basis wasn't fictionalized but presented in a documentary form. Truth is more disturbing than speculation. I know: finding enough truth to make Fishtown a graphic In Cold Blood is a near impossible task. Colden himself appears to refer to this difficulty. By stressing the irreliability of the killers he seems to justify his inventions: why illustrate their fictions when I may get closer to the truth with my own?
Which brings us to the quote at the end of the book. "Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures." (Ralph Waldo Emerson.)
There we have it. Fishtown defiantly declaring itself Not Another In Cold Blood.
Unfortunately it doesn't live up to Emerson's words. 'Society's to blame' is hardly a revelation. Neither is: 'The one you least expect may turn out to be your worst enemy.' We learn that kids may kill ravenously because their parents act like vultures and they're living in a vulture town. True?
Fishtown certainly succeeds as proof that, with this subject matter, revealing truth from fiction is as difficult as extracting it from reality.
Artwise it succeeds reasonably. The shading has some unfortunate effects on the leading lady, though. She often seems to have a moustache and a goatee. I like the ubiquitous yellow coloring, but have mixed feelings about the pink blood. Also, I think that a book called Fishtown should have more sense of place. There are some full page city scenes for atmosphere, and lots of single panels, but it's not enough to flesh out the city as one characters that leads its youth to its doom. In this regard it resembles its human henchmen: the parents of the killers and the killed. There's no room for subtlety there, they're just angry, yelling machines.
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