I miss The West Wing, all politics aside I really miss that show. The writing and directing were excellent. That kind of smooth banter and movement was something I never thought of in terms of a comic.
Satellite Sam has both, in spades!
Set in 1950’s New York the story takes place (at least in issue #1) primarily in a live tv studio. The show is a space adventure called Satellite Sam. The titular star is running late and all hell is breaking loose in the control room. Matt Fraction wastes no time setting all that up though, we get thrown right in watching the television engineers and camera men work their way through to broadcast. Fraction’s writing and Chaykin’s art really convey the tension well, with the whole issue pulling you along at a hectic pace. Even with all the snappy patter and quick cutting panel direction you kind of knew where they were going. After all this is a murder mystery and most murder mysteries start out with a murder right? The interesting part is now that the murder has occurred (or was it murder?), how will Fraction keep the tension up?
I’ve gone on the record as not being a huge fan of Mr. Chaykin’s style, I loved it in some books and not in others. He really shines in Satellite Sam. His signature square jaws and great hair work really well in a 50’s era book, very AMC’s Mad Men. And Matt Fraction really brings the story and dialogue in this one but as I remarked above can he load enough twists and turns in this Noir to keep it interesting? Time will tell, and I’ll be reading along seeing if he pulls it off.
4 out of 5, pick this one up people!
Satellite Sam #1
Story By: Matt Fraction
Art By: Howard Chaykin
Diamond ID: MAY130401
Published: July 3, 2013
SEX – DEATH – LIVE TV!NEW YORK CITY, 1951: The star of beloved daily television serial “Satellite Sam” turns up dead in a flophouse filled with dirty secrets. The police think it was death by natural causes but his son knows there was something more? if only he could sober up long enough to do something about it. This noir mystery shot through with sex and violence exposes the seedy underbelly of the golden age of television. By MATT FRACTION (CASANOVA, Hawkeye, FF) and HOWARD CHAYKIN (BLACK KISS I & II, AMERICAN FLAGG!).