And Then I Read: CHASE Trade Paperback

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Despite the fact that I lettered the first appearance of Cameron Chase in BATMAN 550, I hadn’t read most of her adventures, including her own title. Not sure why, I loved the art of J.H. Williams III even then. I find that when I try to read older comics now, they’re often disappointing. Not so with this collection, whose stories saw print from 1998 to 2002. The writing is as good as the art. Chase, the character, is a skilled government agent who takes a job with an outfit designed to oversee the activities of superheroes (and villains, where possible). She’s quite conflicted about this: she likes the work, but hates the clientele. The reasons for this slowly unfold in the telling. Cameron’s friends and workmates are also well written, and among the super types she must deal with, Batman soon emerges as her major foil and irritant. The two stubborn characters butt heads repeatedly in entertaining fashion. Chase is currently appearing in BATWOMAN, which I also letter, and if you enjoy that title, I recommend this book to you. It will give you a deeper understanding of Cameron Chase that adds much to her story there.

Though a bit tentative at first, artist J.H. Williams soon steps up his game in page after page of the innovative layouts and great action sequences his work is known for. Some stories here by other artists sadly pale by comparison, to the point where I found them hard to read, and I must admit skimming through or skipping some of them, especially the short ones at the end, after the demise of the monthly series. There are many many pages of great reading and amazing art here to enjoy, all the same.

Highly recommended!

3 thoughts on “And Then I Read: CHASE Trade Paperback

  1. Jim Campbell

    I like the SFX in that sample page… I wonder if JHW was doing them himself? They have a hand-drawn feel to them, so it’s excellent work if they’re by the letterer…

  2. Kit

    Sadly, a lot of the dialogue, and especially display & title lettering, disappears completely into the spine of this volume – DC’s production folk didn’t think to deepen the gutter on the “inside” edges for this 400-odd pp book.

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