Koni Waves on the Forty Dollar Pull List

This month, Koni Waves, written by Mark Poulton with art by Dexter Weeks Steve Stephen Sistilli. Below is some of what they had to say about Koni Waves: The Perfect Wave, but you can read the entire review/discussion HERE.

…I have to say, most of this book reminded me a whole hell of a lot of the Tiki-Noir 40s crime series Hawaiian Dick, from Image – except the star is female. And more… boobish? Which is where the book actually suffered a bit, in my eye. Hawaiian Dick, being the same sort of idea, delivered a similar premise with a lot more character, IMO. That’s not to say this book wasn’t fun though. I had quite a bit of fun reading it.

Reade: You are not the first person to compare this to Hawaiian Dick.

I actually have a lot to say about this story, but I will start with one of the things you pointed out – the boobishness. At first, I kind of groaned when I saw it – I mean, an ex stripper, current party-girl? Another one? Then I thought about it. When it comes to noir private detectives, they are usually flawed men – failed cops with some kind of drinking problem and a little bit of depression. They might even use drugs, and many of them definitely are promiscuous. On the other side of the coin, the females only partly fit in that role – the alcoholism and career path remain the same, but they fall in the “tough-as-nails-manhater” role.

Give Koni a penis, and she is the spitting image of a male noir detective. She’s extremely flawed in all the same ways that the men are, with her partying and her reckless, irresponsible behavior. Her past is somewhat seedy with her former stripper life, and she is totally unrepentant about it. This story ended up being refreshing looking at it from that perspective.

Schatz: It’s the whole “guys sleep around and they’re players, girls sleep around and they’re whores” thing – only more within the noir genre. Yeah, I get what you’re throwing down, and it does twist my thoughts on this. What I would probably amend this to, is this book is much more popcorny than Hawaiian Dick. Nothing wrong with that at all, though I prefer the other flavour better. And again, this book was quite a bit of fun – which, I’m pretty sure was the goal.

Reade: I will absolutely agree that this is a little less thought-provoking. Popcorny is an excellent way to describe it, and I think that could be considered a weakness.

One other thing I found that I really liked was how well it was structured. You know me – I am a sucker for the serial story, and this is a collection. Each issue had a defined purpose and a complete story – while one or two constants continued to evolve in the background. If you look at this series from a serial storytelling perspective, it was about perfect. A lot of mainstream comic writers could learn a lot from the way this was put together. So often I see writers who spend so much time and effort building the overall arc, and forget that you need smaller, self-contained stories to carry you through. You need a reason to read an issue beyond “Well, a little part of this is filling out the big picture. If you are going to pad something, pad it with another smaller story.

I think Poulton has a few areas he could improve as a writer, but he seems to have the structure-side of comic writing down cold. He’s a natural.

Schatz: True. And popcorny isn’t a bad thing. There’s a reason why huge action movies make tons of money. Are they good? Eh. But are they fun? Shit yeah.

And I agree with the pacing here. A lot of the argument for the wider story arcs had to do with trades, and how the story would read better in the trade. I really enjoy books like this, that can afford me a nice break in places. You can put it down, read something else, go back to it, whatever. I kind’ve like it. And as a serialized story, it probably worked quite well. If it was serialized. I’m not even sure…

Thanks to The Forty Dollar Pull List for taking such a detailed interest in Koni Waves and, again, be sure to CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW/DISCUSSION.

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