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Satellite Sam 2 (August 2013)

280179 20130807173517 largeWhat an action-packed issue. Not really. It’s all about drinking and television politics in the fifties and it’s amazing.

Fraction has a huge cast but he doesn’t exactly bother with names, using their positions instead. The producer, the head writer, the star. Their names don’t matter. Even the church lady is just the church lady.

Behind the scenes television machinations are the A plot. Fraction saves all the drama for the B plot. Except the B plot is really short, mostly just for the cliffhanger. It’s not a bad plotting decision from Fraction–the B plot is sensational one; it’s a far better hook than something going wrong with a television deal.

The comic’s incredibly dense due to the many characters–it’s a talking heads book, which Fraction and Chaykin hide through different locations and the generally fine art. Fraction’s ability to manage it all is his greatest achievement.


The Dirt Nap; writer, Matt Fraction; artist, Howard Chaykin; letterer, Ken Bruzenak; editor, Thomas K.; publisher, Image Comics.

One response to “Satellite Sam 2 (August 2013)”

  1. vernon wiley

    Also, Chaykin’s art seems to be a shade better, also. It’s a really nice melding of storyteller and artist,for a truly fun comic. When writers are able to select artists that fit the story and the artist’s strengths, you have the possibility of a good read. And Sam does not disappoint.

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