Darrell's Reviews > Kabuki, Vol. 1: Circle of Blood

Kabuki, Vol. 1 by David W. Mack
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Sep 21, 08

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The first time I read Circle of Blood, I didn't think it was that great. I was mainly turned off by the black and white artwork and over the top violence. However, upon reading it a second time, I was able to look past the lack of color to see how amazing the artwork really is.

Kabuki contains arguably the best artwork you will ever see in comics. Different styles of art are used to express different emotions. An image from one scene "fades" into another creating visual connections all throughout the work.

The violence, which I initially thought gratuitous, finds its place in a second reading. Circle of Blood is more than just a revenge fantasy. David Mack tells a story with echoes of Alice in Wonderland as well as a traditional Japanese ghost story. He is one of those extremely rare people who is both a top of the line writer as well as an excellent artist.
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