I could write pages about what I think Mazzucchelli is talking about in this book. At times, his meaning comes across as abundantly clear, and at others, there's a surreal tone that makes meaning elusive, even fluid. And the ending... the ending alone is enough to keep readers debating about the artist's ultimate message, I'm sure. This is without a doubt the most amazing comics experience I've had all year, and it's a safe bet that this book will top critics' best of 2009 lists in a few months. This is a must read for fans of intelligent, finely crafted comics. Read Full Review
However, while the basic description I've provided sounds somewhat banal, the execution is where things really take off. Mazzucchelli pulls out all the stops to bring this story to life. He uses a lot of visual tricks--including one that is sort of on the nose in that it's explained in the text. The scene sees characters depicted in a specific style--as if their personality and inner feelings are externalized, taking over their entire being. It's a fascinating visual idea, allowing Mazzucchelli to cut loose with various artistic styles and techniques to represent a whole range of humanity. Read Full Review
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