30 in 30 - Day 21: Seven Soldiers – Bulleteer / by Frank Gogol

It’s Day 5 of my Seven Soldiers of Victory round of 30 in 30 and after Mister Miracle swung things back in a great direction yesterday, Bulleteer kept hope alive today! Of the miniseries in this megaseries, Bulleteer felt the most connected to the ongoing mysteries and core narrative established in Seven Soldiers of Victory 0. While the other series added bits to the larger story, Bulleteer felt like it truly continued the story. For that reason, and because it’s incredibly well-crafted, Bulleteer is in the running for my favorite Seven Soldiers series.

 Synopsis

Title: Seven Soldiers – Bulleteer
Storytellers: Grant Morrison & Yanink Paquette
Publisher: DC Comics
Year of Publication: 2005
Page Count: 88

Jobless, alone, and encased in super-hard, living metal, Alix Harrower survived a horrific accident and became a truly reluctant super-human. What happens when you get powers and abilities beyond those of mortal men but don't want them?

SPOILERS FOR SEVEN SOLDIERS – BULLETEER BELOW

What I learned about Comic Book Storytelling in Writing

There’s too much about the writing in this series to talk about here, but one thing stood out—Morrison’s ability to show the cost of what it is to be a superhero. This theme’s been explored in books like Amazing Spider-Man and others, but Morrison’s angle is fresh. Morrison tackles it from different aspects such as fandom and convention circuits. He’s likely having a discussion about the experience of being a comic book creator on some level, too. But what’s so interesting is that Bulleteer’s life falls apart in a…domestic way because of here new-found superpowers. Her husband dies. She has to pursue new career opportunities. Her life changes top-to-bottom. And the same is true of the antagonist, Sonic Sally, whose story is perhaps even sadder than Bulleteer’s. What I took away from this book is that there’s always a new, fresh take on an old story. Morrison is constantly reinventing and pushing, and his work is better for it.

What I learned about Comic Book Storytelling in Art

Paquette art in this series really pops. It’s clean. It’s sleek. It’s everything I’ve come to expect from Paquette’s work. While there’s plenty to talk about regarding art-craft here, one small motif in the first issue really stood out. As we're introduced to the Bulleteer and her husband, there are inset panels on some of the early pages. These panels are all quiet and contain images that add context for the couple’s relationship. It’s classic “showing not telling” use to tremendous effect. It also helps narrative keep moving, and the pace of the series likely is part of the reason I enjoyed this book better than Manhattan Guardian or Klarion the Witchboy.

Recommendation: A (Must Read)

Check back tomorrow when I tackle Seven Soldiers – Frankenstein.

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