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.
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.