Fighting Pax | Chapter 13

Scan_20180725 (3)Warning: Contains Spoilers!

The risen sun formed a halo round his head, as he intended it to. He pressed his fingertips together as if in prayer, but his dark eyes continued to glint into the lens.

Aufwader’s Thoughts: The parody aspect of this series comes back in full force, with commentary on everything from the evils of technology manufacture to the choreographed insincerity of televised addresses by world leaders.

The part that gets me the most is the shriekingly awful stopmotion segment, reminiscent of low-budget religious education cartoons and complete with far and away the most painful rhymes in Jarvis canon. The digitally rendered illustrations actually make the experience worse, stomping on everything that’s good and precious about Mr Jarvis’ artwork even as the Ismus serves as a mouthpiece for biting satire of the ebook industry. Frankly, even the leering, hallucinogenic covers of these books don’t do justice to quite how surreal the Dancing Jax trilogy can get.

Matt’s Thoughts: So we now have a surprise Canadian detour and a stop-motion animation all in the one chapter. I remember thinking the first time I read this book that by rights, something that throws in this many seemingly disparate ideas should utterly fall apart but instead it just magically seems to work. No matter how crazy the events get, it manages to hang together with a sort of mad logic of its own.

And since Mr Jarvis has been so particular with his cultural references in this chapter, you should check out the utterly terrifying EdgeWalk on the CN Tower and the peculiar world of Edward Gorey.

Of course, like the rest of us, you may be more curious about the contents of what the Queen of Spades is reading on that laptop …

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