|That's right, mine is signed. Totally worth it being $6 more than what I could get it for now.|
There is much about School that identifies it as a product of a new writer – and one that is operating without an editor. The four issues that make up the book span more than 140 pages but do little more than introduce the elements of the story. Yes, there is clearly an involved logic to the ghost world in which Defferding sets the tale, but the story gets derailed for most of an issue just hinting at the particulars of what it means to be an enduring spirit. This is mildly frustrating for me, as I think that the central story is the more compelling one. Defferding knows he has a finite story with School, but seems to want to stretch it out longer than it needs to be.
|Lindsay telling the reader of how she came to be a spirit at the school.|
At its heart, School is about a dead little girl – well, 12 year old adolescent girl named Lindsay Buckner – who has some anger issues predating her vicious murder. She is drawn to a brand new school peopled with her old classmates and feels that the answer to the mystery of her killing must be there. There are things that eat ghosts that also lurk in the school, and these provide a needed sense of danger. Lindsay gets sidetracked dealing with her new world and remembering her past, which does give some flavor but also reduces the tension and suspense the story would have otherwise.
I have noted previously on this blog, I have a severe lack of artistic training/talent/ability. Nearly everyone who has ever purchased a sketch pad can out art me any day of the week. I just want to put that qualifier out there before I start criticizing the look of School.
|There is something inherently creepy about the Have a Nice Day faces this trio of strangers wear. Couple that with the black robes and a staff – or bedpost – and they have an aura of surreal menace.|
$12 from Deftoons. The massive 96 page issue #5 is available for $10. Both of those prices are less than what it cost me to pick up my copy, but then again mine is signed. And Defferding had to talk to me for an extended period of time, so he earned his money from me.