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Jack Staff Volume 4: Rocky Realities (Jack Staff #4)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Becky Burdock is hunting vampires. Jack Staff is Britain's Greatest Villain. Something's wrong in Castletown, and not all the pieces seem to fit anymore. Collects Jack Staff #13-20, and Jack Staff Special #1.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 24th 2010 by Image Comics
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Andrew
Oct 14, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
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If normality is out of whack, Rocky Reality whacks it back!

Jack Staff volume 4 opens with Jack having inexplicably become Britain's Greatest Supervillain, and so continues one of my favourite series.

All the signature moves are here - the rapid-fire quick-cut storytelling, the weird metafictional plot devices and the breaking of the fourth wall. Not so many of the British pop culture jokes though, which is a shame.

The quick cuts owe something to the style of the original publications. Although th
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Nigel
Oct 31, 2014 Nigel rated it it was amazing
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And the fourth and, so far, final volume of Jack Staff (pleaselettherebeafifthpleaselettherebeafifth), and it all kicks off with the usual falling apart of time and space and reality itself and even the very page layouts. Mixed up realities, imaginary friends from the realm of dreams, John Smith robbing shops, new heroes and villains, all told with the customary dash, humour and brilliance one comes to expect from a Paul Grist comic. Barring the arrival of volume five, I'll be off now to order ...more
Travis
Oct 08, 2015 Travis rated it liked it
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Things, already pretty weird in Castletown, get even weirder as reality starts to come apart at the seams and only a girl reporter/vampire and local handyman/England's greatest super hero can put things right.

A tone of story threads, characters and throwaway references come together in Jack Staff's take on big comic events.
It's crazy busy and a lot of fun.

Not the volume you want to pick if you were thinking of giving the series a try.
Damon
Jul 25, 2010 Damon rated it liked it
Disjointed storytelling takes a huge jump here, but actually starts to feel like an intentional style. Grist's concept of the series as focused on an ensemble cast centered around John Smith, instead of a book about him, starts to make a lot more sense. Entertaining stuff, though with an abrupt finish. Leads more or less into the current new stuff, I guess.
Fraser Sherman
Dec 11, 2013 Fraser Sherman rated it really liked it
This was a really frustrating one. As it's the last volume of Jack's adventures, I assumed we'd get a big finish involving Mr. Green, Helen Trent, the Shadow Man and all the hints of some cosmic battle swirling around Jack. Instead it just ... stops. That said, it's certainly a fun read and the return of the characters in a new series recently makes me hope it'll all make sense eventually.
Jacob
Oct 02, 2012 Jacob rated it liked it
It had been a while since I last read the prior books so I was somewhat confused by much of what had gone before and issue #8 seemed a big deal. There was a lot of characters added into the thick of things and I'd have preferred seeing more of the main character, Jack Staff.
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Paul Grist is a British comic book creator, noted for his hard-boiled police series Kane and his unorthodox superhero series Jack Staff.
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