It’s not like Sean Phillips doesn’t work. He does. He works steadily. But I still get an intense thrill out of seeing his new comics, like I haven’t seen them in a while or enough of them.
7 Psychopaths–which might be French, but feels a lot like The Dirty Dozen in terms of pacing (lots of emphasis put on the formation of the team)–gives Phillips the wonderful opportunity of doing a period piece. He must have done them before, but I don’t remember them. His forties England is fantastic and I’d love a Phillips print of the Empire State Building (sans the swastikas the image has here).
Vehlmann’s script is very good, which surprised me a little. A lot of attention is paid the dialogue, something I never expect with translated works.
While I was looking forward to the comic for Phillips, it offers quite a bit more.
Writer, Fabien Vehlmann; artist, Sean Phillips; colorist, Jean-Louis Hubert; letterer, Troy Peteri; editors, David Chauvel and Dafna Pleban; publisher, Boom! Studios.