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Black Hole by Charles Burns
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Sep 16, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction-horror, graphic-novels
Recommended for: comics geeks, slackers, teenagers
Read in September, 2009

The suburbs of Seattle in the mid-70's are not a good place to be if you're a young, horny teenager. Set during the aftermath of a horrid sexually-transmitted disease that causes grotesque mutations in its victims, this is a lovingly rendered and disturbing story about love, obsession, alienation, and murder. Well-written and illustrated comic that's like none other. The illustrations can, however, be a little confusing - most of the dudes have the same haircut and look very similar to each other, and some of the teenage whingeing can be a little precious, but this is a special piece of art, and the visuals are masterstrokes. Well done, Charles Burns. (If you read the Believer magazine, he's the guy who does the cover illustrations for them.) Rocking shit!

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