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7 Holes for Air Review

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Storyline: A

Artwork: C

7 Holes for Air, the latest offering from Bill Paxton, is a slice of life type story that revolves around a character named Bob. Bob is a hard man, the type of man that has never gone to the doctor a day is his life, but his life is about to change.

Bob is a hard-worker and a family man. He spends his days working at Carson’s Construction site in order to provide for the family he cares about. We get to experience Bob’s present, past and alternate reality, in which he is basically a ripped Clint Eastwood in what he calls a “Spaghetti Western”. It does not take long to see the type of man that Bob Rourke is. He suffered the wrath of an abusive father. Furthermore, it seems that all his years of smoking and drinking have finally caught up with him, as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

We have two stories happening at the same time as Bob drifts from reality back into his Western. Both stories that are being told are thoroughly enjoyable. Whilst the reality of the situation is being dealt with, the reader gets to see Bob as he goes through the stages involved with cancer and how it is affecting his life and ultimately his being.

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The Western is well thought out, well timed and exciting. It contains some impressive action scenes all which are being thought up by Bob, despite his current predicament. It is well scripted and timed. Bill Paxton places a strong emphasis on how precious creativity is. In some instances it is our creativity and imagination that form part of what spurs us on.

The only downfall of this well written graphic novel is the art. The drawings look far too sketchy. It is almost as though you are reading a coloured version of the artist’s rough draft. A large amount of potential is lost here. It leaves the reader wishing that it were drawn like an All Star Western title. The colours employed in the comic also do not mesh with the tone of the comic at times. The use of dark colours makes perfect sense, but at times lighter colours are employed alongside the various different shades used in the frame. This creates a psychedelic hue in some frames.

The title is explained and this book is worth a read. If you want to find out just how Bill Paxton came up with the book’s title, “7 Holes for Air”, do yourself a favour and grab a copy of this graphic novel. It proves that sometimes, despite our circumstances, life can still be a great adventure.

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2 Comments

  1. Mick Reinman

    In all due respect to Mr.Hendricks, as the non defensive artist of Seven Holes for Air, a comment. The art is not supposed to have that clean comic imagery. The art is pure AbEx ( abstract expressionism) read about it. We tried to move away from formulaic inking with stiff figures. Except for Joe Kubert and some of the great European comic artist these days,there is definitely something missing in todays Graphic Novel world. As an artist the phobia and misunderstanding of the fine arts is a sad commentary. How would you like to see a Matisse or Robert Rauschenberg/ Richard Diebenkorn Graphic Novel? It might make you cringe without those so called perfectly pretty buxom woman. It might make you question what is art anyway, if someone goes off center with what you seem to think is good drawing. REALLY don’t mean to sound defensive here but if I drew and colored the way some of your A+ picks look I’d rather dig ditches. Please leave me out of that limited dialogue about what art is and move forward. Thanks for the review. As I said to Bill, the art may be contentious but the story is impenetrable. Thanks for seeing that anyway. Best,
    Mick Reinman
    Artist for Seven Holes For Air

  2. Byron Hendricks

    Hi Mick,

    Thanks for taking the time to read our review, it is truly great to know that we are getting views from the people involved with these great titles.

    Kind Regards,
    Byron

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