Given how much effort Alan Moore puts into his comic scripts–instructions to the artist for each panel, for example–one can easily tell he’s not writing Fashion Beast. Antony Johnston is–I assume–using Moore’s dialogue, but who knows what kind of instruction he’s giving artist Facundo Percio.
Did Johnston actually tell Percio to waste about a third of the issue on montage shots?
Once the comic gets going, it’s pretty good. The protagonist–at this point–seems to be a transgender girl who works as a coat check girl for the poshest fashion designer in a dystopian city. Percio’s visuals for the city are great; it’s like a mix of Dickensian London with classic Paris but set in the future.
The lead gets into a fight (at work) with her neighbor, a tomboy.
It’s a very slight issue, but ends promising thanks to Moore’ dialogue and Percio’s art.
The Magician; writers, Malcolm McLaren, Alan Moore and Antony Johnston; artist, Facundo Percio; colorist, Hernan Cabrera; editor, Jim Kuhoric; publisher, Avatar Press.
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