Published on September 30th, 2015 | by JCDoyle0
Postal #7 Review
The one thing I like about the current arc of Postal is that each issue is a self-contained story. Yes something else is going on underneath and there is a larger narrative building up but you don’t need to pay any attention to that if you don’t wish to. In fact you can pick up any of the last few issues without having read the others and instantly get engrossed in the small townships struggles.
This month centers around the big fight night in Eden, the one time of the year when the town get to release some of their pent up anger and frustration. A no holds boxing match is held and the crowd are allowed to go wild, “Just like Rome” Mulvey says to the Mayor and he’s right. (Is this a reference to something larger happening within the story? Add it to the ending, with the Mayor lamenting one of the boxer’s victories and what it means for the town in general and the phrase ‘The Fall of Rome’ springs to mind.)
On the bill tonight is the large, over confident Mulvey who, it would appear, has been reigning champion for a few years at least; in fact it was all too easy in his last fight and it was barely a show at all. His challenger this time is a man named Curtis; a man with something to prove; an ex-boxer who lost his hand when he double crossed the wrong people. He turns to Maggie and Mark for help, knowing that Mark can read people like a book and all the central character wants in return is advice on how to win Maggie’s affections.
The story is surprisingly ‘feel good’ despite the violent nature of the night it’s set during. Although there’s no real shocking twist in the boxing match side of things, it still serves its purpose as part entertainment and part metaphor for Mark’s date with Maggie. The contrast between the lonely, quiet café and the rowdy boxing match is illustrated by the artists different use of ‘point of view’ angles and the static bodies of Maggie and Mark are the opposite of the energetic fighters and crowd. Despite this obvious physical difference, the writers manage to make the café meeting the real story of the issue; the interaction between Mark and Maggie overshadows the rest of the narrative as Hill and Hawkins slowly build to a jaw dropping cliff hanger that puts one of the characters in a very difficult position.
This comic encapsulates all human emotions and allows the characters and situations to explore them all equally so that the violence and brutality doesn’t become the central theme. In fact this comic has a heart that beats louder than all the angry voices screaming at the boxing match; Marks devotion to his home and Maggie pushes him centre stage and draws the reader in. Without him this comic wouldn’t work and wouldn’t be half as entertaining as it is. In Postal character comes first and is so much stronger because of it.
Publisher: Image/Top Cow
Writer: Bryan Hill/Matt Hawkins
Artist: Isaac Goodhart