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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

PALEO by Lawson returns, now with TYRANT seasoning

I was already pretty happy to see that Dover Comics & Graphic Novels (fast becoming my favourite publisher) was coming out with a collection of Jim Lawson's PALEO series, which ran for 8 issues from 2001 to 2004, with a collection of the first six issues in 2003. At the very least it would probably mean that I'd finally get a print edition of the 72-page "Loner" story that Lawson published on-line in 2011, and since I knew from experience that the original issues or prior collection weren't easy to find it meant that a lot more people would get a chance to read it.

The level of anticipation just jumped up when I found out that the book also includes two more completely new stories, never seen in print or on-line. And both of them are drawn by Lawson, like the rest of the book, but written by Stephen Bissette. Yes, the creator of TYRANT writing new dinosaur comics. And they're fairly long stories, over 30 pages each based on the table of contents. So with "Easy", "Floater" and "Loner" that means we get the equivalent of more than five new comics which alone is worth the $20 cover price. Having them in addition to the previous eight comics for that price is a bargain.

For those who haven't had the pleasure, PALEO is a dinosaur comic set in what is now Alberta, 70 million years ago (the Late Cretaceous), looking at a variety of dinosaurs and other animals interacting in those prehistorical times. It's a brutal and non-sentimental look at their lives, with no characters safe from injury or death. Each story is a standalone vignette, getting into the head of a different animal (or sometimes multiple animals), none of them given names but otherwise well realized as characters. And the art is definitely the best of Lawson's career.

The book should be out in a few weeks, and is highly recommended.

And another division of Dover has another interesting book coming out a few months later:

1 comment:

  1. What a coincidence! Last year I bought a Dover HC for the first time and I absolutely loved it. I think they are putting out a lof of interesting material (I'm not familiar with Jim Lawson but his work looks very good). Anyway, since you're also a Zulli fan I thought it'd be a good to share with you a post I wrote about Zulli's Puma Blues:

    I hope you enjoy my review, and please feel free to leave me a comment over there or add yourself as a follower (or both), and I promise I'll reciprocate.




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