Propaganda – Alison Dare
by J Torres and J Bone
You might look at Alison Dare & dismiss it; too cartoony, too throwaway, silly comics.
But look closer; it is cartoony, but in a sublime way. It is a very easy read, in the way that all the most perfectly constructed books often are. It’s also a wonderful kid’s comic & one of the most girl friendly books I’ve ever read.
Alison Dare delivers the best thrills since Indiana Jones & more action than Lara Croft.
It’s a book with everything, feisty young heroine, hi-jinks, spies, heroes, nazis, jewels, bank robbers. It’s got the lot.
Torres & Bone, the writer & artist, are a stunning team; combining their talents to produce that most difficult of comics; the appeal to all-ages & both sexes kind. Torres’ writing is simple, entertaining & thrilling & I haven’t seen anyone tell a story in pictures as well as Bone since the sadly missed Mike Parobeck on early Batman Adventures. His layouts, linework, simple style, pacing & story-telling just work, effortlessly and simply.
Richard Bruton is a lifelong comics fan and former Comic Book Store Guy; you can read more of his thoughts on comics and life on his blog Fictions.