Thursday, December 04, 2008

CBR reviews Jingle Belle

This tale waffles somewhere between wanting to grow up and wanting to be a snappy read for younger readers. Behind the concept of Santa Claus being an outdated, borderline negative influence, a politician drives a campaign to rid the holiday season of one of its most recognizable icons.

Dini does an admirable job of making this book approachable to all readers, limiting the story and action to a handful of explicitly distinct individuals. The situations he puts those characters in, coupled with the resolutions to those situations, runs heavily on the side of cliche. That's not to say it reads to a more elementary scale; it doesn't. Sometimes, however, comics need to be formulaic and predictable.

Gladden is a suitable choice for the art to this tale. A veteran of nearly every cartoon-related comic, she brings a Chuck Jones/Tex Avery quality of line and character made static through the magic of paper. The straightforward story calls for straightforward storytelling and Gladden delivers with wonderful scenes interspersed to showcase her abilities (look for the narwhals and you've found what I'm talking about). READ MORE.

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