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Waiting Place vols 1-3 (pack)

Waiting Place vols 1-3 (pack) back

Sean McKeever & Mike Norton, Brendon Fraim, Brian Fraim, David Yurkovich



Watching DAWSON'S CREEK is like eating one of those Dutch chickens that's been pumped up to 90% with beef-contaminated water: bloated, bland and likely to leave you feeling sick after half an hour. THE WAITING PLACE is the real meal. Noone stands in the middle of the courtyard while a camera pans three revolutions round to the accompaniment of American soft rock, showing how lost and alone you are in the world - let alone how musically unadventurous.

Angst is instead replaced by the disabling self-doubt which haunts us all when we've yet to find our path in the world, or the helplessness which comes with lack of opportunity or self-sufficiency. McKeever evokes life in this remote and freezing American outback through the frustrations and thwarted ambitions of his young cast, who can't even see life passing them by, let alone feel it. The population offers such a small pool of possibilities that those who'd be less likely to mix in a big city are forced to endure each other, which makes for diversity of character and the inevitable abrasions of any gathering. Anyone revisiting from the world-away is met with awe and jealousy even within the family.

In the third and final volume Jeffrey, who doesn't get much in the way of romance, finds the two that come along may cancel each other out; Cullen may mess up his own chance by resenting his popular brother; Richard, with dreams of acting, is forced to choose between his family responsibilities running the local video store and something which looks like a golden opportunity; and poor Jill finds herself at the mercy of some harsh, superficial bitches following her suicide attempt. Everyone needs some consolation, and McKeever weaves them all in and out with grace and aplomb.

A concession about the art: volume one is stiff. I still like it, but it's amateur at best. Trust me, it gets whole lot classier.