This review of RASL appeared in the Nov. 15th 2010 issue of Booklist:
Rasl, v.2: The Fire of St. George.
Smith, Jeff (Author) , Smith, Jeff (Illustrator)
Nov 2010. 120 p. Cartoon, paperback, $15.00. ( 9781888963229). 741.5.
This second volume collecting Smith’s post-Bone series, a hard-boiled sci-fi smashup, reveals much of the
hero’s backstory. He’s a parallel-world-hopping art thief who not so long ago was a brainiac physicist
exploring some of the possibilities buried in Nikola Tesla’s legacy. But now he’s a grim, tattooed bruiser
dodging a camel-faced assassin who’s tracking his dimensional jumps. The fractured narrative spins off in
some surprising new directions, and Smith’s fluid and precision-fueled cartooning works just as well in
these gritty thriller environs as it does in his humor-laced fantasy epic. Sexy, bloody, and more intriguing,
impressive, and ambitious by the second.
— Ian Chipman