Advanced Review: Julie Nick’s Pulp Stories


Review by David Ferguson

Created by Julie Nick
Logo created by Kerrie Smith

With a big review pile, I find myself trying to find out what stands out about each comic. Luckily there is a variety of genres and subject matters so it hasn’t been too hard. With this book, the fact that it is a pulp story would be enough for me. Love a bit of pulp. However, what really stands out about Pulp Stories is Julie Nick’s use of the page. There are certain things that you can do in comics that you can’t do in other media and Julie Nick seems to be trying to prove that with this book. It brings me back to techniques used by Will Eisner in the Spirt, Darwyn Cooke and, more recently, David Aja in Hawkeye. She uses small panels to increase the tempo and the tension. She shows the characters progress in her adventure using multiple scenes in the same panel. She does many things. My only criticism is that I would have liked to have learned more about the character and her motivations. Maybe we’ll find out those in the future. What really sticks in the mind are those techniques though. Check it out.

Julie Nick’s Pulp Stories goes on sale at Dublin Comic Con (August 6th and 7th).