GRAPHIC NOVELS

Heavy Liquid

Image. Jun. 2019. 264p. ISBN 9781534314047. pap. $24.99ebk. ISBN 9781534315211. Rated: Mature. f
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This masterpiece from ingenious artist Pope (Escapo) returns to print 20 years after its initial release in an updated edition featuring revised colors, page design, and original illustrations. The Stooge, better known as S, is a former policeman who specializes in dealing Heavy Liquid, a mysterious and volatile substance that doubles as a powerful narcotic when specially prepared. Reeling from a deal gone awry, S agrees to help a fabulously wealthy art collector track down a reclusive artist he hopes to commission to create the world’s first sculpture cast in Heavy Liquid. Before long, S is caught between a gang of murderous teenage girls and a trio of vicious masked criminals, face-to-face with a little girl who dresses like a pirate and controls an army of powerful robots, and on a collision course with more than one figure from his own shadowy past.
VERDICT Drawing inspiration from noir films, cyberpunk, manga, and the world of high fashion, this work has a influenced an entire generation of cartoonists but remarkably still feels fresh today

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