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Beautiful Canvas Volume 1

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Lon Eisley is a hitwoman hired to kill a small child a few days after discovering her girlfriend is pregnant. In a bold declaration of uncertainty, she saves the boy and hits the road, despite the fact that her boss clearly wants him dead for a reason. This warped crime dystopia delves into the emotional dichotomy of creator/destroyer as Lon tries to connect the two very d ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published February 28th 2018 by Black Mask
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Pretty interesting start.

I like the main character and the tone. I feel like halfway through, the author randomly decided to add aliens. It's like we're in Drive/Kill Bill world and suddenly there's octopi.

I'll definitely check out the next one. I'm a sucker for stories about hitwomen.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best things I read in 2017.

Immediately the story speaks to you. I don’t mean in a heartfelt, emotional sense either. They show you a scene, you start to guess at what has already happened, and character leans over and tells you “you’re overthinking it”. At first it may not seem like it’s for you, but it is. It happens a handful of times, usually at the moment where I found myself asking “what the fuck is that?”. Each time it haunted me. So I played along, stopped trying to g
Sam Mowry
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fiction
It's certainly a big swing. There's a lot of reference to broader world things that I wish had been explained, but I'd rather have them there and feel like I'm only seeing a glimpse of a thought-out world than feel like what I'm seeing on the page is all the creators could muster up. That's also the problem with only giving themselves four issues to do it in; I was really hoping for a sprawling, East of West kind of saga you could really dig your teeth into. But what it was was still good! I'll ...more
Adam Stone
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The tagline for this collection is "You're overthinking it." which described my experience reading the book. At times I really enjoyed it, at times I wasn't precisely sure why I was reading it. Kivela's art is gorgeous, and the concept at the center of the story is really cool, I just found myself occasionally distracted by the dialog. It's not clunky or badly done; it just doesn't always seem to progress at the same rate as the story. Also, I get exhausted by the 1990s overswearing trope. It's ...more
Jesse Richards
Mar 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to pick this volume up at Sydney Oz Comic-con '18 (RKL is a super nice dude). The artwork is beautiful and I love how every character is messed up, but you're given just enough context to understand why. It lost me for a bit in the middle - things aren't explained/given backstory/formulated in a classic way. You're sort of just thrown into a story where in the first few pages bad sh*t starts going down and (at least to me) it comes across as bad guy does bad stuff coz they're ...more
Michael Kitchen
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I was overthinking it.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Absolutely incredible... the second time around. It’s a relatively short graphic novel, so I think it’s fair to judge it primarily by my feelings after rereading it, but it’s something to consider

The story is quite unique, and told in a very atypical manner, where certain elements are just introduced without special mention by any of the characters. I think this gives a lot of legitimacy to the world that the creators have built, as the characters just act normally, but makes it slightly difficu
John Mccubbin
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful Canvas #1 introduces us to a strange, yet enthralling narrative involving a hitwoman and the strange boy she was meant to kill. Giving us plenty of tension and mystery throughout this opening chapter, the creative team leave us a lot to mull over as we await the next instalment, with it being a must have for fans of the publisher.

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Marisa Carpico
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lives up to its title, but the story is lacking. This is a weird mix of fantasy, gritty noir and twisted kink and only one of those elements works. If it were just two, I could go on, but here’s too much I don’t like here to justify buying more. Shame, though, the colors and the inking are phenomenal. Heightened and expressive and also suggest something is a little off about this world.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Historia confusa e intrascendente.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This was beautiful, confusing, and more than a little contrived. Going to keep picking it up to see if it sorts itself out.
Gina Brown
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Nicely packaged but rather odd.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly surprising.
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Ryan K Lindsay is an award winning Australian comic writer who has worked for a variety of publishers.
He has partnered with artist Eric Zawadzki to produce: ETERNAL through Black Mask Studios, and HEADSPACE, with Sebastian Piriz, through Monkeybrain Comics/IDW.
He has partnered with artist Sami Kivela to produce: BEAUTIFUL CANVAS through Black Mask Studios, DEER EDITOR through his own ‘Four Colour