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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Cue Jazz Horns

Once in a great while a comic provides a soundtrack. As you read it, you can hear the music.

Darwyn Cooke's recent issue of Solo had one of these. Check it out. Here are the first three pages of the story "Deja Vu." (Click on any page to enlarge it.)

Opening: light drum, a little bass. Mainstream late-fifties jazz* with a hint of speed and menace. I hear "rikkity-tikkity-tikkity bum-bum-BUM-bum..." A horn wails as the woman is shot.

More of the same, with sax joining in. A second horn scream as the holdup man is shot.

Big freakin' brass explosion. "BWAAAAAHH!!! BWAAAAH!! BWAAAAAAHH!!"

Damn, that's a cool opening. Loooove that splash page. The regular rhythms of the eight-panel pages, the shifting of perspective and shot length, and then the sudden Bat-splosion on page three...oooh, nifty.

Just had to share.

*No, not bebop. More like the beginnings of the themes to "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law" or "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." Or maybe Leonard Bernstein's "On the Waterfront" overture. Like that.


  • Ever watch "Cowboy Beebop"? Reading this, I keep thinking of the opening theme from that show.

    By Anonymous CT, at 3:22 PM  

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