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Revolution of the Mask #1

eBook (PDF), 22 Pages
(7 Ratings)
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After a Final War that decimated the planet, Earth's population now exists as 'The All.' Individuality is irrelevant and everyone belongs to everyone else. However, a revolution is coming - not of murder and mayhem, but of capes and costumes. This is the Revolution of the Mask. This issue: Designation Gamma-117 knows there's something wrong with the world, but only someone Wonderful can tell him what it is. A 12 issue maxi-series by Lewis Lovhaug and Leonardo Freites
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  • By colonelcraud
    Dec 28, 2011
    Revolution of the Mask tells the story of an ultra-authoritarian regime which is destabilised by a group of masked avengers who have a thing for outlawed pop-cultural artefacts. It's hard to avoid comparisons to V for Vendetta, not necessarily because Revolution of the Mask is ripoff (it isn't... quite), but because it shows exactly where Revolution of the Mask goes horribly wrong. V fought the enforced banalities of his world with Shakespeare, The Rolling Stones, Enid Blyton, Lewis Caroll, funfairs, Beethoven, Guy Fawkes... real, meaningful parts of shared popular culture, things that mattered, that had history behind them, that brought people together and helped them create meaning from their lives. It wasn't arcane, or secret, or elitist; it was the material expression of shared human experience, kept safe because it was what made life worthwhile. The only culture Revolution of the Mask cares about is superhero comics. Nothing against superhero comics per se, but they're not,... More > y'know, the be all and end all. And Revolution of the Mask has precisely nothing to SAY about what superheroes mean - which could potentially have saved it - so we're forced to endure characters who, rather than iconoclastic cultural warriors trying to inspire society to fight back in the face of conformity, come across as tedious cosplayers who rattle off inane trivia and familliar quotations in lieu of conversation. That they represent their own form of stifling, banal conformity has apparently gone over the author's head entirely. To compound the problem, the "socialist" mega-state these people are fighting against (which itself shows no evidence of socialism, and if anything looks like a the offices of a multinational corporation) has no internal consistency or history behind it, making it impossible to care what does and doesn't happen to it. V made a point of demonstrating HOW the fascist regime was able to take control during the power vacuum, how it was able to achieve popular support, the beliefs it represented and how it maintained control. Because it bothered to build a consistent, three-dimensional world, when the characters affected some form of change we knew what was at stake and what their actions meant. Revolution, on the other hand, is so impatient to get to its big "moments" - Superheroes bust through a wall! Secret base reveal! Explosion! Jetpacks! - that they're essentially happening in a vacuum. I see explosions in comics all the time. They're not, in and of themselves, interesting. Give me a reason to care about the people affected by the explosion and we might have something worth reading. After harping on about V for Vendetta, I want to make it clear that I'm not faulting this comic because it wasn't Alan Moore. It shouldn't have to be, and I'm actually fairly ambivalent about the guy's output anyway. The point about V for Vendetta, though, is that it consciously made an effort to address the issues it was dealing with and to make its fictional world consistent. Whether it succeeded it or not is up to the reader to decide, but you can't deny that, at the very least, it thought things through. Revolution of the Mask... hasn't. Everything about it is shallow, flimsy and poorly-defined. It asks the reader to take generic superhero tropes as read without bothering to explain what they're doing there, which would be fine if this were a straightforward superhero adventure set in a world where these things were the norm, except it's supposed to be set in a world where these things are extraordinary and nobody's seen them before. They fit far too neatly into a world they're supposed to be turning upside down, robbing them of their intended impact. The author might be able to do something not-entirely-terrible if he just stuck to a lightweight, straightforward story about people with capes and superpowers, since that seems to be where his heart is. He doesn't, on the basis of Revolution of the Mask, have the ability to tackle anything subversive, political or deconstructionist without making a hash of it. Maybe in the future - who can say? - but not so far. This would be a one star comic were you to pick it up from a store, but since this is a download that costs less than a dollar and the art is acceptable (if stiff and unnatural), I'm bumping it up to two. Bad, rather than outright awful. Basically, this comic sucks.< Less
  • By Queue3
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Excellent comic!" This is a wonderful story. My only complaint is that it is much too short; I love it, and I can't wait Chapter 2.
  • By stafax
    Jun 29, 2009
    "Check it out" It's a pretty interesting comic, standard 22 page length, so it's not any shorter than any other regular comic. The writing isn't anything revolutionary, but it's not bad either. The art is pretty good, but I find it odd how only page 20 out of the 22 pages is actually shaded in. The entire time reading up until page 20, I was wondering why the art wasn't shaded, because all the white and emptiness is detracting from the art. But it's definitely not bad art, it's actually pretty nice. Check this out, it's only $0.72, so no way it's going to hurt your wallet. I will definitely check out issue 2 whenever it's available.
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Product Details

Publisher
Brain Scan Studios
Published
October 1, 2011
Language
English
Pages
22
File Format
PDF
File Size
5.02 MB

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