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I'm Reading Comeeks

I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc.  And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.

Unique Storytelling and Style

Black Rat - Cole Closser

I really really enjoyed this graphic novel/short comic collection.  The art is a mix of golden age style and dystopian nightmare.  The same with the dialogue/narrative.  I loved it.  Every panel and page was visually interesting and each twist and bizarre turn of the short stories had me enthralled.

 

I would highly recommend this work, even for those who are not big fans of 1930s-50s comics (which I can't say I am), it's just amazing and is a great way to take nostalgia and kill it.  :)

 

My favorite of the series is Bow White, which is about a girl who merely wants to bake a cake, but is disrupted by a rumbling in the Earth.  She and the Black Rat dig their way to the bottom of the mystery and doom!

 

I also really enjoyed the different styles Closser uses throughout the book, which helped to break the stories up and keep readers wondering what could happen next.

 

A really great change of pace from the often formulaic manga I've been reading lately.