Tuesday, 9 July 2013

I Am Fire Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By Rachael Smith
Art and Cover By Rachael Smith

Published By Rachael Smith

Genre
Comedy, Drama

Synopsis

Jenny, a mouthy, selfish schoolgirl is coasting through her work experience at a stuffy department store.

Things start to heat up when Chris, a young pyromaniac, crashes stoically in to her life.

Review

After reading the absolutely superb 'The Way We Write' earlier this year, I had very high hopes for this one.  The new release had a hell of a lot of momentum thanks to the earlier mentioned title but does it keep that momentum going?

Most definitely yes and then some.

The writing by Smith is absolutely spot on.  The pacing is quick, the jokes come thick and fast and she manages to balance lots of things going on at the same time.

One of the things that worried me a little was that the pacing of her earlier book 'The Way We Write' was pitch perfect and I was worried that she wouldn't be able to keep that up for the next one.  Especially considering this was a completely style of story but I need not have worried.  Smith not only keeps the momentum and the pacing going, she improves on it.

The story is simplicity itself yet it works because of Smith's smart and keen eye for the little details.  She has the dialogue perfect for the characters in that it flows as if you are watching them talking in front of you.  They honestly feel like real people.  That's what gives this release it's hook and it's voice.  You keep turning the page to see what is going to happen next because you actually feel like you are in the same world as these characters.  The humour here has a cynical yet painfully funny edge and had me howling with laughter more than once.  Some of the jokes and comments that the characters make are most definitely quotable and memorable.

It's the same with the art work.  The bright, clear lines and illustrations work fantastically well with the story.  In fact, Smith has a similar style to Daniel Clowes, creator of 'Ghost World', yet makes the style her own with such confidence that you just can't take your eyes off  of the pages.

If you liked 'The Way We Write' then you are going to absolutely adore 'I Am Fire' because, in my opinion, it's even better than that one.  Rachael Smith is an artist and writer that is well worth keeping your eyes on because her work just gets better and better with each passing release.  I definitely can't wait to see what she's going to come up with next.

Story 4.5/5
Art 4/5
Overall 8.5/10

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