Jasper Bark's ParAssassin (2017)

GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: ParAssassin (2017)

I recently had the great pleasure of reading ParAssassin, a graphic novel by Jasper Bark, and was sucked in immediately. As the name suggests, an assassination is at the center of the plot, but I’ll let the Amazon summary explain it:

Three futures hang in the balance. Two end in total annihilation. One assassin’s bullet will decide. On the planet Sedulon, a rogue band of renegade time travelers and scientific misfits fight to save the futures of two worlds. Doc Hydrabus – a brilliant scientist whose body splits into a crowd of his past and selves, he lives in one present and many futures all at the same time. Cassindra – 900 years old, impossible to kill and every bit as deadly as she is beautiful. She’s travelled back in time to change the world. Rushaar and Shartara – alien beings made entirely of gas with one simple plan, to use time travel to assassinate the leader of Sedulon and save their planet Eidolonia. The Parassassin – he will take the shot that decides the destinies of everyone in the galaxy. Politics and parody collide on the bleeding edge of science fiction, in the most shocking and unexpected thriller you’re going to read this year.

It’s quite an intriguing story with interesting characters whose actions will decide the fate of more worlds than just ours. The story opens with the main character, Doc Hydrabus, a victim of his own brilliance, trying to recall who or what he is and how he got to where he is – adrift in time and space. From there we follow as he pieces the story together to discover what happened and how. As Doc Hydrabus encounters others in his memories, more and more details are revealed and each is more fantastic than the last, piquing the reader’s curiosity and compelling one to read on.

ParAssassin (2017)

The artwork is crisp and clear with great detail and excellent color choices. I especially appreciated the realism in female body proportions and postures – something often lacking in comics and graphic novels and quite a breath of fresh air. Similarly, the female roles are solid, with none present simply to serve as eye candy or sexual conquests. They are as fully developed as the male characters and play key roles in how the story unfolds. The handling of time paradoxes and potential futures is handled well, giving the reader just enough information to understand without overwhelming minutiae that serve merely to slow the story. Instead, the story is tight and solid with a few twists you will not see coming.

ParAssassin (2017)

If you enjoy graphic novels and time travel, I highly recommend ParAssassin.


Posted by Alan Smithee

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