Review By Patrick Scattergood
Samsara is a short comic from writer James Ninness and artist Scott Irwin. …after all, today is just another day. tony is working at the docks, frustrated with his girlfriend. sara is up early, delivering newspapers in the silence before dawn. brian hates his dayjob - a passionate hatred that stifles his every being. and veronica is going to have fun because that is what beautiful people do. these are their lives: they rise, they suffer, they sleep. after all, today is just another day…
As a fan of James Ninness, one of the creators of the 'Insanity, AZ' title that came highly on our year end awards, I was majorly excited to get my hands on this one after hearing so many good things about it.
After reading this one I can safely say one thing. It most definitely deserves all of those good things and more.
This comic really comes across as a deeply personal project for Ninness. The stories that all run together in this one work brilliantly well and all add up to one big tale. That's always been one of the main strengths for Ninness. He always seems able to do more than one story at the same time without it becoming too crowded or convoluted. He also has a knack for creating characters that are written so strongly that they are instantly memorable. That is most definitely the case here. This title stayed with me long after I had finished reading it. In fact, it almost brought me to tears more than once as it really struck a major chord with me.
The stark and straight to the point artwork here manages to both be very affecting as well as strangely beautiful at the same time. Scott Irwin is an artist I had heard of but I hadn't seen a whole lot of his work before but here, I was blown away. Irwin is definitely one of those artists where they use the little things in the scenes to really force home a point but without losing the subtle nature of the emotions that they are trying to put across to the reader.
Is this going to be a comic for the wham, bam, thank you ma'am crowd? No. But if you want an intelligently written, affecting and deeply personal story that is then brought to life by some stark and yet strangely beautiful art work then you have the right comic.
Highly recommended and definitely one of my favorite releases of the year so far already.