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Stigmata by Lorenzo Mattotti
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Jul 10, 2012

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bookshelves: 2012, comics, fiction, fantasy, philosophy-religion
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Mattotti and Piersanti start with a strange but holy premise -- what if a ne'er-do-well drunk and thug suddenly found himself afflicted with stigmata on his hands? What would happen? Now add art that blends the scratchy style of Eddie Campbell with the rounded faces of Peter Bagge. Our protagonist goes through a spiritual journey from denial to cynicism to madness to acceptance to peace. The book doesn't try to answer any big questions, and it doesn't preach. It doesn't explain, and offers only the smallest bits of magic. That said, it didn't wow me either -- the writing isn't really compelling, and the scratchy art doesn't stand out--except that the scratchy style and the choice to stay black and white means the blood from the wounds seems to be on everything, staining the world around the main character. Worth reading, but probably not buying.
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