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comic book cliche
on 15 February 2013
Wasted half an hour reading the first 30 pages - it only took that long because I was laughing so hard! A Russian called 'Walter Zelvas' (as un-Russian a name as you will ever see) , variously described as 'Comrade' , 'meaty' , a dumb, Neanderthal, Russian Bear killer with a 'cinder-block fist' who emits a 'bovine scream' (what does a cow screaming sound like?). He does however have an accent our hero can clearly distinguish as Russian on the basis of three words uttered as he dies. A hero who studies Fine Arts after four years in the US Marines ( including 3 tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, so not much time for training then !!) , dates a gorgeous, 25-year old Professor of Fine Art who volunteers to open the eyes of inner city kids to the wonders of art, is loved by the kids as is said hero who wows them by telling them how art is 'pretty cool'. There were some cliched bad cops in there somewhere too, and a beautiful Russian mafia moll called, guess ... Natalia, and lots of bloodred walls, exploding bullets (like they implode sometimes) and requisite gore. Then it became a real page turner--well, cover turner. I shut it and decided to do something more interesting.