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Jamie Chase's First World is unique in the world of comics these days. It is a throwback to a long gone time in comics when there was a love for powerful jungle lords and when ferocious T Rexes clashed with sharp horned Triceratops.
As I look through the book I am brought back to a time when they used simpler lines and strong swaths of black ink to communicate to the reader the way Jessie Marsh’es art did in his highly acclaimed Tarzan series or the way Rex Maxon did in his Turok, Son of Stone. First World lives in a place that is also reminiscent of Kirby's barbaric 70's comics like Kamandi, the Last Boy, 2001: A Space Odyssey, or Devil Dinosaur.
|Jamie uses an impressionistic approach to inking here with a reserved pallet of colors to let our minds fill in the vivid details.|
|Jamie creates a wonderful rhythm with his blacks, giving interest to the eye as it skips across the page.|
On First World Jamie plays with the art in wonderful ways, sometimes giving us vague impressionistic images that we fill in the detail with our imaginations and sometimes giving us majestic, highly detailed images that stick with you long after you've turned the page.
|Jamie mixes up the medium by sometimes using rough crosshatching and sometimes using what looks like a computer generated images like this image of a flying saucer.|
This seems like a one shot but I'm hoping that it's just the first book of a whole series because I want to explore it more fully and live in it a little while longer.
Jamie Chase is also an abstract painter too boot! And had a show of his figure work last summer at the Matthews Gallery.