Crater XV (Hardcover)
Kevin Cannon, Artist and Writer
Top Shelf (496-page hardcover graphic novel, 5″ x 6.5″, black-and-white)
Crater XV picks up a year after the events of Far Arden. Army Shanks once again finds himself drawn into an Arctic adventure by the RCAN (Royal Canadian Arctic Navy).
I have to be honest, the story in this book could be total trash and I would still give it a five rating. That is how much I love Kevin Cannon’s art work. Thankfully though that is not the case. The story of Crater XV is a great one. All too often one side or the other suffers when a creator tries to tell a adventure story with humor involved. Mr. Cannon has found the perfect blend of old serial adventure and humorus farce in his tale (and Far Arden before it!). I truly hope that this is not our last adventure with Army Shanks.
Now onto the art. In a age of comics where everything is color and gloss it is refreshing to see someone talented enough to work in the realm of black and white. Not sense the end of Bone (Jeff Smith) have I seen someone such amazing use of the inked line alone.