In Caught In The Web, we set aside the printed funny books temporarily to delve into the world of digital and web comics. Here we 'roundup' a selection of releases that have recently launched into cyberspace.
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Marcos Martin & Muntsa Vicente
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Matt C: Two years after it first appeared, essentially changing the rules of how comics could be delivered to readers in game-changing fashion, The Private Eye comes to its dramatic, brilliant conclusion. A story set in a future without the internet, where the villain of the piece wants to bring back the internet, in a comic only available on the internet, it makes some salient points about a culture where privacy is being steadily eroded (although it doesn't make these points in such a heavy handed manner that it overshadows the drama). Tighter in focus than the more sprawling Saga, Vaughan’s knack for characterization really shines through, and Martin’s artwork (with sparkling colour assist from Muntsa Vicente) is a beautiful, brilliant example of a creator at the peak of his powers. Halfway through this issue there’s an astonishing wordless sequence that displays just how emotionally and dramatically potent the medium can be. Whether this pay-as-much-as-you-want-directly-to-the-creators format will catch on in a big way is questionable (it didn’t after Radiohead tried it several years back in the music industry) but it’s made enough of an impact to suggest that it's shaken things up one way or another. However that pans out, what’s clear now is that The Private Eye has been a phenomenal comic, easily one of the best books on the market in recent times, and that no matter what Messers Vaughan and Martin may say, I want a physical copy to stick on my bookshelf in the very near future! 10/10