A conundrum


One of my best friends Fu-zu is visiting this week. We’ve been having a lot of fun, and thanks to her my credit card bill will be enormous this month. We stopped by the comic book shop around here to see what new/old/fascinating/underappreciated works were out there to enjoy. While there I noticed a book called Kabuki by David Mack (creator of daredevil as well). I was flipping through and was amazed at how gorgeous the art was. Each page was sensual and vibrant and practically sucked in the eyes with rich details and gorgeous colors. What amazed me the most was that the art style seemed to vary so wildly from page to page. Sometimes water colors, sometimes charcoals, mixes of colored pencils, and then full paintings. The pages never seemed to fit into any sort of normal comic layout either. While boxes could occasionaly be seen, they were never intended to take you linearly through the story. I couldn’t find any other artist that I would compare this two, althought there were dfinitely elements that i recognized from others. The way some hand drawn shots were framed with ordinary real world material reminded me a lot of the works that Dave McKean does, especially in work with The Sandman dustcovers. I would have bought it no matter what, but based on Fu-zu’s recommendation it was a must.

Unfortunately, I can’t read it yet! I didn’t pay attention and the book I picked up (Metamorphosis) is the 5th in the series. Sigh… now I have to wait until tomorrow till I can pick up the first book. And… it’s… so… tough… trying… not… to… read… it… and… spoil… it… for… later…

Anyways, when i do get through the first I’ll let you know what I think. If it has a story to match the art (or somehow exceed it), this will have the chance to usurp all my previous favorites.


Comments (6)

  1. I used to collect comics when I was younger, and I recently picked up the habit again (and it is very expensive now, I can tell you, about $50 per week in books).

    The only thing that comes close to "Kabuki" is "Secret War", with art (I say art because he does pencils, inks, and color) by Gabriele Dell’Otto. Granted, it’s not as surreal as David Mack, but I think it definitely falls under the category of "different".

    Granted, I don’t think that you would appreciate this one, but I think that Joe McGuiness does a hell of a job on the Superman/Batman book, and it’s great to see Jim Lee doing Superman as well (after that fabulous 12 issue run on Batman).

  2. Nich: Could you point me to some info on Joe McGuiness? I wasn’t able to find any. I’m a big fan of Superman/batman (when done well) and I’d love to learn more.

  3. Hi, Apart from being C# MVP, I’m also a french journalist specialised in US Comics. I happened to be in contact with Mack ans he’s a really good guy wery available for his fans.

    For Mc Guiness, it’s not Joe but Ed, the name of the writer Jeph Loeb, another great guy I interviewed a few weeks ago and that is also writing Smallville on Tv.

    when my papers are published, I post them in english several weeks later on :

    http://perso.3ie.org/~lejeun_a/blog-comics.html

  4. Yannick: Awesome!! I’d love to talk to you more about this stuff later when I have some more free time.