A truly stunning graphic novel about the love between parents, most especially fathers, and their sons.
Pedrosa, as the jacket says, is a former animatA truly stunning graphic novel about the love between parents, most especially fathers, and their sons.
Pedrosa, as the jacket says, is a former animator, and it shows. All of his characters are expressive, striking poses so fitting and fluid to the story that everything comes to life. More interestingly, Pedrosa's expressive style uses the medium and the tools, pencil, pen, charcoal, to tell the story. For example, when scenes get dark and intense, large swatches of charcoal are used. When things disappear into a fog, only clean light pencil lines are used.
And the story is wonderful. Reminded me in structure of Jeff Smith's Bone. Starts off simple and light, feeling like a childhood dream and then continually expands in scope with new twists appearing that you couldn't expect. It's a truly beautiful story that sucks you in and makes you live in the world, drawn in, so much so that you get lost and lose track of reality. That's another benefit of Pedrosa's clean style, being much like the classic cartooning of Charles Schultz or Bill Watterson, the style allows you to fall into the world and become the characters.
And the story is heartfelt and honest enough to connect with everyone, yet magically enough to elevate it fable status.
One of the finest graphic novels I've ever read....more