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Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Method

A down-and-out LA actor with a knack for impersonations finds his circumstances completely reversed by a chance meeting with a look-alike stranger. After a night of drinking with his new friend discussing the possibilities made possible by their similar appearance, the stranger offers the actor a ride home. On the way there is an accident and one of them is killed. The survivor finds himself in the hospital with amnesia and everyone assuming he's the stranger, the right-hand man for a mob boss. The survivor plays the role that's expected of him, despite the fact that doubt about who he is, weighs heavy on his mind. Life becomes a balancing act between the role he finds himself playing and the search for who he really is: the down-and-out actor or the mob consigliere?

The Method (Graphic Novel, Crime Noir)
By Jerry Bader
ISBN #978-0994069818
132 Pages
Price $19.99 (Paperback)
Price $15.99 (Kindle)
Rating 4-Stars

“A New Experience In Graphics.”

An unnamed actor down on his luck falls even farther under when his wife leaves him for his agent, and depletes his bank account on the way out. With a hundred dollars left in his wallet he heads for a bar to get drunk. But a strange encounter changes his life suddenly. The waitresses mistake him for someone else, and within minutes that someone walks into the bar. He’s mobster Arnie Barnardo, the right hand man of gangster, Carmine, and is a twin to the actor. Becoming drinking partners, they’re both drunk when the mobster offers to drive the actor home. On the way there’s an accident, and one is killed, the other is left with amnesia. In the hospital, the survivor meets mob enforcer, Vito, and Arnie’s moll, Lonnie. The survivor quickly understands that he’d better play along, or the mob will kill him if he’s really the actor.

This was certainly a new experience for me. I was sent the iPad version, which included the audio. Unfortunately, I had trouble with the audio. Either I listened to just the audio, without changing pages, or I lost the audio by changing pages; every three or four pages, the audio hook-up would return, but just for that page. Although this is a Graphic Novel, with pictures and text, it is also adult in nature, and not meant for youngsters. The “f” bomb is constantly used in dialogue, so anyone offended by language should be aware of the content. The story itself was interesting, though contained numerous typos – “were” was usually always “where”, etc. Recommended for adult readers with an interest crime noir, and Graphic Novels with an edge.

Tom Johnson
Detective Mystery Stories

Jerry Bader is Senior Partner at Production Company. “The Method” is the first in a series of hybrid Graphic Novels written in screenplay format with the script on one page and the illustrations opposite. The iPad version also has audio included for each chapter. In the coming months “The Method” Universe will be expanding with exciting and exotic  new characters as well as many of your old friends from this edition. If you’d like to be informed of each new edition please follow @mrpwebmedia on Twitter.

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