“CLiNT” is a fantastic sampler to slap in someone’s hands if they are interested in comics but need to know just a little more. It might not be a perfect production, but it serves a purpose the business of comics certainly needs and should promote. The inclusion of full #1 issues within is purely perfect as a lure and the rest of the content is fun. This magazine isn’t really quite deep, but it aims to lure in the twittering teens and the content within squarely paints a bullseye on their foreheads.
There are two complete Mark Millar comics in this issue of “CLiNT” and they aren’t really that old off the stands. “Supercrooks” and “The Secret Service” are neither of the world’s smartest comics, but they are thoroughly enjoyable. “Supercrooks” brings Leinil Francis Yu art and “The Secret Service” is all Dave Gibbons. These are two masterful artists and they get opportunities to do some cool stuff. As far as pretty goes, “CLiNT” brings its A game.
The other stories, “Rex Royd” and “Death Sentence,” are both illustrated by Mike Dowling with a sketchy style that is effective and intriguing. Dowling knows how to make characters feel edgy enough that you don’t feel like you are reading a lame comic, but instead experiencing the underground art scene. He knows how to tell the story, although piecing together the shards of what is presented in the “Rex Royd” short is no easy feat. “CLiNT” looks good in all art with design clear enough to service the contents and interesting enough to justify a presence on the page.
If you aren’t a Millar comics fan then “CLiNT” is simply for you. He has two full issues present and the other features — whether comics or articles — are very much in the same vein. This magazine is juvenile, gory and full of swears. Millar wanted the sort of book school kids would pass around and he’s pretty well mustered it. It’s a shame this isn’t something more parents and teachers could come on board with to promote the cause of comics literacy. But maybe that would be against the whole point of the style and edginess of the product.
The problem with putting articles, interviews and reviews into a paid format is the Internet is chock full of them and much of it is exceptional. The only way this really works in the magazine is to collate the specific Millar-centric things you didn’t want to look for or if this is given to someone who doesn’t dine on the Internet trough of knowledge. These articles are good, but it’s hard to switch off the part of your brain that wants to access these things for free.
“CLiNT” is back with a brand new #1 and it’s a great jumping on point. There is no doubting the “CLiNT’s” mission statement and you have to admire the fact Millar’s actually doing what he set out to. There are ways to improve but as it stands, there is more than enough in this issue to keep you busy for some time with a variety of entertainment.