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The Origin of the World (King of the Flies #2)
Eric the fly-head-wearing teenager is back (as well as his hapless mother and her fiance ), as are not-quite-ingenue Marie, the worldly Sal, Denis the drug dealer and his now one-handed father, and of course the loopy retro bowling thug Ringo... plus several new cast members, including one who died at the very beginning of the first volume and has now returned to roam the ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published February 7th 2011 by Fantagraphics
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Mezzo and Pirus successfully continue their eerie suburban horror story, providing a good quick read for those anxious to get the next from Charles Burns. Things get more metaphysical this time around, with several chapters narrated by a character who was killed in the first chapter of the previous volume. The near-constant presence of sex, drugs and lies is familiar territory, but the writing and art are strong enough to make this a worthy read.
The ageless, placeless American Suburbs, via a duo of French pulp comics purveyors. The immediate eye-catcher, then slight disappointment, here is the obvious debt to Charles Burns and Black Hole. This does have its own voice, though, the narration and visual lapses from fantasy to reality (and, in a nice touch, manifestations of the dead, half ghost and half lurking presence in memory) binds this together into a series of compact, cohesive looks into middle class ennui and nihilism. The writing ...more
The art is lovely. The writing is good. I just find that I don't really care about any of the characters. Everyone seems either full of self-loathing or in serious denial. As with volume 1, the story is told via a series of interlocking vignettes. The artwork is lovely and seems inspired by the work of Charles Burns. I just wish it were in the service of a more interesting story.
As with volume one- A mixed bag- the cynical "slacker" plots drag, but the art is, to my eyes, excellent, especially the colouring by 'Ruby' who is absolutely superb. Like movies, sometimes something can still be good because it is great in just one respect. I would love Mezzo and Ruby to drop Pirrus and team up with someone better.
Mijn mening over De Vliegenkoning blijft na lezing van het tweede album overeind : dit is striplectuur van de bovenste plank, prachtig uitgegeven door Sherpa. Het zal wel nooit een "feel good comic" worden maar ik meende toch wat hoop en een tikkeltje meer humor in dit album te ontwaren... Op naar het derde en afsluitende deel.
Pascal Mesemberg, who uses the pseudonym Mezzo, was born in Drancy in 1960. His comics appeared in magazines such as Zoulou, L'Echo des Savanes and Métal Aventure. In 1989 he started working together with Pirus, creating a collection of dark stories for the collection Frank Margerin présente and eventually the comic 'Les Désarmés', of which two volumes appeared in 1991 and 1993. Other titles by ...moreMore about Mezzo...
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