May 5, 2015
The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 70: The Score #3, 1990
I'll admit, I read the back cover of this issue before I read the issue itself. I needed a "The Story So Far.." This is not necessarily because the story isn't coherent or anything. It's just, in the midst of exam writing, the things I read/watch/listen to for pleasure don't get retained. Or only slight retained, anyway.
That said, I enjoyed this issue more than the previous two. I'm not sure if it's because I got the lowdown from the back cover, or just because the story really seems to be kicking into gear. I'm not very familiar with film composition theory, but maybe it's the third act where things have to start getting intense. Actually, that's probably true of many creative endeavours. The third side of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" ("Hey You" to "Comfortably Numb") is brimming with intensity. Whatever that means.
Here's an interesting thing about this comic, and one that's going to reveal a bit more about me than I usually divulge. There's a couple of characters in this series whose names are really familiar to me. First is the character of Sally Crane, a handler of Philip Sand, the main character, whose shadowy agenda comes clear in this issue. "Sally Crane" is also the name of Suprema's alter-ego in Alan Moore's amazing run on Supreme. Moore's work came a few years after The Score, so I don't know if he may have read the series and liked the name.
Here's the sort of embarrassing part.
There's another character in the comic, a prostitute, named Tawny Stone. This is the same name as an amateur porn star from the early 2000s, of whom I was, and am,....um.....aware, I suppose. Again, the series came out a good 10 years or so before she made her debut, so whether or not the series had any bearing on that is hard to say.
The point being, it's odd to me that this series, which I've had for a really long time and never read, has characters whose names are familiar to me, and that was written long before the venues of that familiarity were extant. Which leaves me with a strange feeling that I quite like. Somewhere in The Invisibles, Edith says that an elderly magician's life is one long string of coincidence. Perhaps this is something like what it feels like.
See you tomorrow. Perhaps we'll forego Moon Knight and conclude The Score.