This comic book was originally published on the web. It's original as usual. This story is mostly wordless; no additional words are necessary. I likeThis comic book was originally published on the web. It's original as usual. This story is mostly wordless; no additional words are necessary. I like the sparseness of the panels, too. There's a cool note from Shiga at the end. ...more
It's the old tale, yes, but this version is as dark as it should be. And it is so beautiful.
The retelling has the typical Neil Gaiman touch: the wayIt's the old tale, yes, but this version is as dark as it should be. And it is so beautiful.
The retelling has the typical Neil Gaiman touch: the way things are left alone, the choice of words, the rhythm.
And then you have Mattotti's artwork. It is out of this world! Mattotti this time just uses black and white, and paints a noisy chaos of thick brushes to render the horror of the story. There's a lot more black than white. It makes you feel like you are left alone in the woods with the anxiety of the unknown as your only companion. It's creepy, it gets to you. It's good.
The book itself classifies as book art. The paper is thick, smooth, and makes a nice deep rustle each time you turn a page. The typeface is Garamond. The paintings are full double pages, and the ink is as heavy as the story. The hole in the middle of the cover is almost a warning sign. The book smells amazing, too. (Real books are so much better than digital books.)
I recommend to read this Hansel & Gretel late at night, in silence, making sure to savor each page slowly....more
Best issue so far. Dream tells a story to a little girl. Dream Cat has great lines. The pace and rhythm is typical Sandman of yore, elegant and cozy.Best issue so far. Dream tells a story to a little girl. Dream Cat has great lines. The pace and rhythm is typical Sandman of yore, elegant and cozy. And man, the art is amazing... J. H. Williams III is one hell of an artist....more
Great continuation. Not as many surprises as the first book, but killing one of the main characters was pretty bold. Having a rodent medic also scoredGreat continuation. Not as many surprises as the first book, but killing one of the main characters was pretty bold. Having a rodent medic also scored points in my book: I hope it comes back! Oh, and the disgruntled cyclops author was so great too!
It's pretty amazing how all these many characters -- some big, some small -- are all so well defined in just a few pages. The strong female lead Alana gets the best lines, but all dialogue (including the "voice overs") is still top notch, funny and meaningful at the same time. Just like book 1.
My favorite overall is Izabel. She is ghosty and very sassy. I like her. Her lines are always guaranteed fun. Her comeback was cool!
The TV robot dudes are also super interesting. I wanna know more about them.
The art is even better this time. It shows the feelings between Alana and Marko perfectly. It's really sweet, actually. The sex scene of her grabbing him by the horns was a lot to take in, but whatever, I liked it. ...more
I really liked the dialog of this graphic novel. It feels real and keeps the plot alive. The characters get their own personality early on. They comeI really liked the dialog of this graphic novel. It feels real and keeps the plot alive. The characters get their own personality early on. They come "alive" very quickly. This reminded me of Sandman: Gaiman is definitely more erudite, but Vaughan has a stronger street-feel.
The art is good, very expressive. It's not super detailed, but it doesn't need to. It serves the story perfectly. Meaning, it actually communicates emotions that you wouldn't be able to express in words. I find this the best part of this book, the biggest accomplishment. It connect you with the characters -- how they stare into each other eyes, etc. -- and their story pretty deeply, and that's what a graphic novel is all about in my opinion....more
**spoiler alert** I haven’t read the book and I don’t think I’ll ever read it. From casual conversations I had with friends who read the book I have r**spoiler alert** I haven’t read the book and I don’t think I’ll ever read it. From casual conversations I had with friends who read the book I have reasons to believe the movie was pretty faithful to the book; after all, the author was involved in the adaptation. But regardless of all this, I was so moved by it that I felt like writing a review. Here, for lack of a better place.
I think Gone Girl is a good movie, if not great. Here's how I make sense of it.
Amy lived her youth in the fantasy land of "amazing Amy”, a book her parents wrote, fictionalizing and romanticising their own beautiful daughter. That fictional world carried on into Amy's adult life, and became a psychosis. She had to make eveything obsessively perfect, recreating the "vision" that she had of a perfect life. The first years of her marriage with Nick were indeed perfect and incredible, so the psychosis stayed dormant. But when the 2000’s recession hit and the first troubles appeared (complicated by Nick's lying and cheating) then it slowly unraveled full force, and it was all downhill from there. From this point on you never feel like there’s any hope, any possibility of redeption. It’s pretty strong.
She feels that her husband and his behaviors sucked the life away from her, destroyed her true self. Killed it. It doesn't matter if it's fictional or not: it is what she felt, so it is real. She is so "dead" that she plans an elaborate revenge that by design leads to her own death. She has a ”kill me" post-it on the calendar. After escaping though, she feels alive again, and the post-it is indefinitely post-poned. She decides to stay alive and fight instead. She fights, albeit inside the world of her psychosis. Her revenge is brought to the extreme conclusion of an absurd "life term", forcing herself back with Nick, impregnating herself with his semen (from the semen bank he contacted for tests when they had decided to have a kid), and therefore "sealing the contract" for the rest of their days. A different kind of death for us, but not for her. "I'm not a quitter," she says. Amazing Amy gets to be amazing to the eyes of the outside world, after all. She wins. She loses.
And so it becomes a warning, a cry if you will for modern life, marriage and relationships in the western world, where parents and society oppress you, everybody is controlling each other, and a couple has to love each other forever and possibly have a kid to make everything acceptable again, and continue to the day they die. Otherwise it's just weird or despicable.
I think the movie does an amazing job in communicating this inability to escape. It’s brutal, vicious, and bloody too. It hits you in the stomach, your abs clench and you just can’t escape.
The beautiful circularity of the movie — sealed by Amy’s enigmatic stare (which by the way cuts right through you… man, what a great actress Rosamund Pike is) — is just another reminder that this is a perennial unescapable cycle, where at no point we know for sure what's going on inside the head of our closest partner....more