Reviewed by Brant W. Fowler
Gregory S. Baldwin
Official Site: http://pathcomic.blogspot.com
Book Summary: DOPPLER, a skittish rabbit, fends for his survival against a horde of ravenous predators. As his escape route comes to an abrupt end, all seems lost, but as fate would have it, an elephant, DODGE, seems to fall out of nowhere, and crushes the attacking hordes.
Reviewer's Comments: Path is a nice departure from your typical comic book. Even those in this same vein aren't quite up to the standards this book upholds. From the gorgeous and fun artwork to the clever and dynamic storytelling, this book really stands out among many of its independent counterparts.
Doppler is the standout character in this book for me. The summary text calls him 'skittish', but I don't think that does this little fellow justice. He's downright paranoid and fretful, but not in a depressing way. His worry comes across as charming and cute even though his outlook could be considered annoying. He's a classic archetype in one sense, being the little guy who acts like he doesn't like his larger, laid back companion, but clings to him anyway.
Speaking of Dodge, he's exactly the opposite. The big elephant doesn't seem to have a care in the world save for reaching his destination, whatever that is (which we don't find out until the very end). But he's certainly not entirely without reservation. Seeming like a bit of a lummox at times, he's actually kind of wise and clever when all is said and done.
The dynamic of the relationship between these two slightly anthropomorphisized animals is classic buddy team-up where too unlikely souls become partners in a quest and some moral value is revealed through it all. But it's not like many where it hits you over the head with it. Instead, it's a very subtle touch at the absolute end that honestly leaves a tear in your eye.
Baldwin's talent is top notch in this book, and he shows that you can create something special, unique, and just plain good without capes and tights, or humongous budgets. A fantastic read with very likable characters with a touch of rye humor makes this one a winner through and through.
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Brant W. Fowler has been a professional comic book letterer and logo designer for three years, and has been a freelance editor for the past five years. He has also worked with graphic design, writing and many other area of skills for several years honing his talents. You can learn all about what he's up to by visiting Gonzogoose Services. Brant is also a member of the core opperations team at Comic Related.
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