Daily Archives: October 9, 2009

How the Other Riffraff Lives

Filthy Rich original hardcover graphic novel
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Victor Santos
Letters: Clem Robins
Cover artist: Lee Bermejo
Editor: Will Dennis
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo Crime imprint
Price: $19.99 US/$24.99 CAN

I picked this book up shortly after its release, and I was interested in DC/Vertigo’s new noir, crime-fiction imprint; furthermore, I’m a fan of Brian Azzarello’s writing. He’s quite comfortable in this genre, as he’s demonstrated time and time again with his work on 100 Bullets. The small hardcover format makes for an attractive package as well. Unfortunately, what’s inside that package isn’t nearly as strong as I’d hoped. The plotting seems a bit scattered, but the biggest problem with the storytelling is the inconsistent and occasionally confused artwork. Still, Azzarello’s examination of the culture of celebrity from America’s past demonstrates that tabloid journalism and paparazzi predators aren’t only a modern phenomenon.

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