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Bukowski
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#11 · Posted: 4 Nov 2021 09:00
I just finished The Yellow M. It's the story of a vengeful crackpot scientist who mesmerizes people, mostly scientists, and the notorious Orlik, to do his dastardly bidding. The pacing is rather uneven and the artist has a penchant for dark, night-time scenes that continue for panel after panel. The villain declaims in elaborate, loquacious "villain-speak" like a caricature of a, well, villain with a bad case of logorrhea. There is a marked absence of humour in the book. I can think of only one funny scene with a drink and greedy cab-driver who rushes out into the night in his pajamas. My next book to read will be THE VORONOV AFFAIR.
Bukowski
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#12 · Posted: 8 Nov 2021 13:09
Bukowski
I get it now. Won't happen again!
Bukowski
Member
#13 · Posted: 19 Nov 2021 13:03
I'm reading the VORONOV Plot now. Not too wordy. Better plotting. Fewer night-time scenes devoid of proper shading. A woman is involved, a relief from the all-male protagonists of most of the series. The dastardly Olrik shows up again. The villain you love to hate.
Balthazar
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#14 · Posted: 25 Nov 2021 22:16 · Edited by: Balthazar
Bukowski:
the artist has a penchant for dark, night-time scenes that continue for panel after panel.

Jacobs' depiction of atmospheric night scenes seems to be what fans of his work often cite as one of the best aspects of his style, with The Yellow M often ranked as his best book largely for this reason, so if this left you unimpressed, it may be that he's simply not an artist who's key style is ever going to chime with your personal tastes!
(That said, I have sometimes found that the printing in the Cinebook English editions can be a little darker than in the French originals, which, along with the slightly reduced page size, can make them a slightly murkier read. So maybe you got a particularly dark copy!)
jock123
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#15 · Posted: 30 Nov 2021 10:08
Balthazar:
Jacobs' depiction of atmospheric night scenes seems to be what fans of his work often cite as one of the best aspects of his style

I was interested to see, at an exhibition of his work in Brussels a few years ago, that there were scenes in the artwork of The Yellow 'M' where he pencilled, but intentionally didn't ink, elements of the background, and it was marked to be left as such, so that when (presumably) photoreproduced for printing it would be less distinct, and therefore better evoke a foggy atmosphere.
Bukowski
Member
#16 · Posted: Yesterday 13:35
I love atmospheric night scenes, but too many of them have poor shading that eliminate essential details. Shading works better with contrast, not similar shades of grey or dark blue.

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