In Review: Deep Cuts #4

Set in the 1950s this story is told through the remembrances of various musicians that worked with famed Jazz musician Dorian Emmaus.
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Synopsis: In issue 4 of Deep Cuts we learn the story of a gifted but troubled musician who is trying to put his band and life back together after being released from prison.

 

The Story

Set in the 1950s this story is told through the remembrances of various musicians that worked with famed Jazz musician Dorian Emmaus. The story starts as Dorian is released from Prison and is looking to rebuild his life and career. Throughout the book various musicians who worked with him and recorded the only record that his playing ever featured on talk about their experiences with him. The story unravels almost like a documentary about the life of Dorian Emmaus.

The revelation at the end of the book is tragic as we learn that Dorian lived out his last few years with a brain tumor, which had caused him to develop a condition called Synesthesia. This caused him to see the various musical notes he was playing as colors.

 

The Artwork

Diego Greco does a brilliant job of capturing the Jazz scene of the 1950s. The various locations throughout the comic have a very period feel to them. I especially loved the various scenes where we see Dorian playing with the various bands that he played with throughout the book. I also loved how the colour palette flips to black and white at the close of the book when we learn of Dorian’s tragic death and get the final thoughts of the musicians that had worked with him.

 

Overall

Much like with previous issues of Deep Cuts this book does a brilliant job of capturing the personal story of a musician from the Jazz era with a great degree of believability and authenticity. As a musician of sorts myself as well as a fan of documentaries about musicians and entertainers from decades past. I found this to be another great story that held a great deal of truth to it as it pretty much delivered a story with a heathy dose of social history added to the mix.

I’m loving this Deep Cuts series and very much look forward to reading the next issue to learn about another musician’s journey.

9.7
Deep Cuts #4
  • Cover
    9.5
  • Story
    9.8
  • Artwork
    10
  • Lettering
    9.4
  • Colours
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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