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Powr Mastrs, Volume Oneby C. F.
Powr Mastrs is an experimental comic series that, in loose, penciled style, depicts the goings-on of a magical cast of characters in a magical land where the magical rules are ever-so-slowly revealed to the reader. At turns cryptic and plotty, geometric and scribbled, shamanistic and sexual in an adolescent boy sort of way, Powr Mastrs is maybe the answer to a number of the "big questions." Or maybe not, but I'm more hooked on it than its roving submen are on their nitrous oxide, so can C. F. just make another one already?
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According to The Comics Reporter, If a reader were to pick up on any one cartoonist working at a furious and considered and accomplished pace right below the radar of most comics fans, C.F. might be the best choice. This first book by C.F. (also known in the East Coast underground music scene as Kites) is perhaps the most anticipated graphic novel debut of the year. Coming out of the fabled Providence, Rhode Island, art and noise scene, Powr Mastrs is an intense fantasy story projected to run to 10 volumes. In it, C.F. narrates the story of a tribe of mystical warriors whose power relations are constantly in flux. As power shifts, so do physical and psychological identities. In this first volume, we are introduced to the central characters and the complex geographies in which they wander. Overflowing with graphic ideas, from the intricately designed costumes each character wears to C.F.'s exacting architectural detail, Powr Mastrs is rendered in a distinctive pencil line that has already attracted much attention in sources like the groundbreaking comics anthology, Kramers Ergot,
"The first of a projected ten-volume series by Chris Forgues, who signs his comics work as C.F., sets the scene for what, if completed, will be an epic experimental comic series unlike any seen before in the U.S. Though it bears no remote stylistic resemblance to Japanese manga, the book puts one in mind of such works, both because of its long-form multivolume approach featuring a large cast of characters and its way of making the reader feel slightly lost in an unfamiliar form and culture. It reads like the dream of someone who spent all night copying art out of the Dungeons and Dragons manuals while watching Yellow Submarine over and over. Multiple story threads are introduced, including one about Subra Ptareo, a nave young man who wanders fantastical landscapes on a vague quest to purge himself of some imaginary or real poison. Other characters include Lady Minirex, who has an extended sex scene with a giant jellyfish, and Mosfet Warlock, who harnesses vaporized chrysanthemums to turn corpses into 'living metal.' Drawn in graphite pencil without color or shading, the deliberately unpolished artwork has a raw appeal, particularly in the author's penchant for fantastic environments where geometrical patterns integrate with organic nature tableaux." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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