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Mater Morbi by Roberto Recchioni
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So, the Swedish publication of the Italian supernatural detective comic Dylan Dog continues, with what must be their strongest effort to date. This is a graphic novel length story where the "monster" is decease, incarnated as a sensuous, cruel woman, and the hero spends most of the story slowly dying, going back and fourth between different states of consciousness, one more frightening than the other.

The writing by Roberto Recchioni is persuasive, as he managed to give me a creeping, disturbing feeling while reading, much more so than when I'm confronted with more traditional horror monsters. And the art by Massimo Carnevale is very suitable for this allegorical story, full och contrasts between black and white and often rather sketchy, indicating the more or less delusional state of the hero.

This comic, when originally published in Italy, sparked a debate on euthanasia, as it contains doctors debating whether or nor to end the hero's life. It has since been hailed as a high point in the production of Dylan Dog comics, showing how a commercial comic can be used to tell stories that are both poignant and relevant, resonating political, ethical and cultural issues in the society.

The Swedish edition was based on the special extended Italian book version published a few years after the regular issue of Dylan Dog, and all the extras, with interviews, sketches and so on, are included, giving insights into the process of making this story. But the Swedish publisher has also added four full page, full color fan arts by Swedish artsist and an extra chapter by the translator, giving a background to the debate that the comic started in Italy. In addition to this the publisher has also restored some censored panels that adds extra weight to the story. All in all, a beautiful production, done with both professionalism and heart.
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Reading Progress

September 20, 2014 – Started Reading
September 20, 2014 – Shelved
September 20, 2014 – Shelved as: comics
September 20, 2014 – Shelved as: format-graphic-novels
September 20, 2014 – Shelved as: genre-thriller
September 20, 2014 – Shelved as: genre-horror
September 20, 2014 – Shelved as: language-swedish
September 20, 2014 – Shelved as: origin-italy
September 20, 2014 – Shelved as: theme-death
September 20, 2014 – Shelved as: theme-decease
September 20, 2014 – Shelved as: genre-books-about-comics
September 20, 2014 – Finished Reading

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