Sunday, March 27, 2011

Rasl: The Drift by Jeff Smith

A bruised, beaten man stumbles across a desert, as the boiling sun hovers overhead. Mumbling about the "drift", the man suddenly appears on a window ledge of an an apartment. We then discover that the man is an art thief, as he breaks into the apartment to steal a Picasso painting. As the story unfolds, we learn that the man is called Rasl, and that the "drift" is a way to travel between parallel worlds.

Being the opening volume of a comic book series, the reader is left with a flood of questions: Where did Rasl come from? Why is he being chased by a strange looking man who is following him from parallel universe to parallel universe? Who is Rasl working for? This opening graphic novel does not answer these questions, but it's intriguing story line does leave the reader with the desire to pick up subsequent issues in order to find out what the answers are.

3 out of 5 stars