Showtime - part 1 by Antoine Cossé
13.7 x 18.7cm - 46 pages. Breakdown Press.
I have a confession to make – I was a boy magician. I loved magic more than anything, there is even video evidence of me performing a routine I’d put together as a 13 year old – records change colours, a silver ball floats mysteriously in the air, a lit candle vanishes. And now, well, now I’m a part-time mind reader. The idea of magic, of sharing a moment of astonishment, is something that gets in your blood.
So, as soon as I flicked through Showtime I knew it was for me. This issue is part one of a comic book series ‘charting the stellar career and mysterious end of the world’s most famous magician’. It is a melancholy read (the blue ink helps to add to that feeling perhaps), sparse text creating a silent film effect. You are drawn into a world set in the near future through a series of moments that capture points in the life of the protagonist – his greatest performances, his broken relationships, his emotional beginnings – fragmented by what look like sequences from old magic instruction books.
It is a compelling read, and a promising start to a series.
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