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Crude manga design
Jul 12, 2007 by Obsessed
What can I say about Lights Out?
To start the art is far from top notch. The style is similar to early 1990's manga style such as Maison Ikokku, but more cartoonish. I mean that when the main character, Gun, gets into fights the other charcters are punched out and the classic eye pop occurs. Think bugs bunny here. The artwork is also very rough, but improves steadily throughout the volume. This is not to say that Lee cannot draw. Larger panels of female characters are pretty and show that he can draw well. He just seems to prefer this manic, choppy style.
The manga panels themselves are cluttered and at times difficult to read. In one case, there is a blank panel behind an overlay female character that makes you wonder if Lee used prebought manga panels to write this. There are also author notes during the story (and I don't mean side panels) which makes the work look like Lee created a rough draft decided it was good enough and printed it.
The plot is so-so and at times confusing. The characters are quickly introduced and are accompanied by a seperate word box to give the reader all of the character's information. The overall plot to this volume seemed to be the intro of Gun, his ability to fight, and then showing Gun chasing a girl for the remainder of the work. It makes you wonder where the story goes on from here.
So why 2 stars? First of all this is the first work that Lee has done and he admits that he wanted to touch it up before publishing. However, it is printed with warts and all in Lee's words. Second, it is oddly intriguing. It is bad, but like a car wreck bad you just can't stop watching it. The jokes are forced and outright stupid which makes it funny. The lack of plot tends to let you wander in and out of the story at will, which lets the reader examine the goofy artwork.
I can't say if I will continue on with this work (it goes for 9 volumes) because I don't know. It's one of those works where you pick it up considered it over and over again because you just don't know.
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