Sunday, July 24, 2011
Slow Fade Of An Endangered Species!
Back in the day, I missed out on the first graphic novel from Eclipse Comics, a gem by Don McGregor and Paul Gulacy titled Sabre and subititled "Slow Fade of an Endangered Species". I jumped on the show with the first issue of the ongoing series which reprinted the debut in color for the first time.
Many years later I got hold of the tenth anniversary reprint from Eclipse of the story in its entirety.
Yesterday I found the original six dollar Eclipse publication from 1978, and I picked it up for less than the cover price. Six bucks in 1978 for a comic was astronomical, today sadly that price for this package seems quaint.
It's a beautiful package and I have not yet read it again, but I'm eager to begin. the artwork by Gulacy looks especially crisp.
Update: I just finished reading this elegant and elaborate tale. Typical for a McGregor effort there is a torrent of description and analysis, but it blends exceedingly well with Gulacy's slick renderings. Sabre is not a perfect story, the storytelling falling short in some places in the face of the density it tries to deliver, but it's a compelling story of a man and woman trying to keep together and keep clear in a muddling and maddening world. There's a cool and a coolness to Gulacy's artwork. But I do think that Gulacy is better than his inspiration Steranko at offering up a three-dimensional world. Steranko's design is more dazzling, but Gulacy takes those same stylings and converts them to a more deliberate story mode.
Sabre is a story worth reading and reading again, and it's fantastic to have this first Eclipse product in its earliest and historically significant format.