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American Flagg! - Volume 1 by Howard Chaykin

American Flagg! - Volume 1

by Howard Chaykin

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A classic work of cyberpunk graphic literature from the 1980s, and clearly an inspiration for the cyberpunk game Shadowrun. Chaykin uses the classic “good cop comes to a corrupt town” motif to drive the story, pitting Reuben Flagg, Plexus Ranger, against criminals, politicians, and conspiracies in a vision of the 2030s that seemed somewhat more plausible at the time. The story has plenty of action, plenty of social satire, a fair bit of raunchiness, and a great talking cat. This volume uses a series of manageable conflicts as exposition for the large-scale conspiracies that Flagg has to battle. ( )
  slothman | Aug 15, 2009 |
American Flagg! is an impressive work of comics art. Howard Chaykin has both graphic and verbal skills that are truly singular, and his approach to page layout and design is second-to-none. Reuben Flagg himself is a rich character; not entirely original, but certainly charming, charismatic, and endlessly inventive in ways that make for a really compelling narrative. Considering that these pages were originally created in the early-to-mid 1980's, Chaykin's ability to forecast trends in media saturation is notable, and his recognition of the unfortunate role of violent ethnic and nationalist loyalties in the shaping of daily human affairs is handled with aplomb - an impressive feat for the supposedly second-class art form of comics. ( )
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