REVIEWS

The Whistling Factory

I can’t quite claim to have figured these comics out—at least, not in the sense where I would be expected to account for all the details of the comic. I’m not convinced such an account is possible. The book is defined by its pockmarked discontinuities and disturbances, its absences, avoidances, and alienations. It is a book where something isn’t quite right, where things cannot be made whole. Continue reading

 

Mini kuš! #’s 67-70

The latest quartet of mini-comics from the celebrated Latvian publisher. Continue reading

 

The Prince

It’s a tricky thing, modernizing or adapting a time-honored fable : everybody (presumably, at any rate) already knows the outcome, to be certain, as well as most of the steps it will take to arrive there, so any value you … Continue reading

 

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler

The book’s strongest quality may be that despite its many binary oppositions – good versus evil, Bonhoeffer versus Hitler, and even a two-toned color scheme of green versus red – it presents a fascinating life of moral questions not so easily answered. Continue reading

 

Berlin

The inside cover of Jason Lutes’ compiled Berlin depicts a sprawling map of the city. The map underlies not only the crossroads Berlin and her peoples are certain to face over the course of this text, but also the entangled … Continue reading

 

Kafkaesque

You can tell that this was a rewarding experience for Kuper to create these comics but sometimes exercises like this are more fun for the artist to create than for the reader to enjoy on their own merit. Continue reading

 

A Strange and Beautiful Sound

If a cartoonist strives to tell a mediocre story and is very successful in doing so, is the result of their labor a mediocre comic? Continue reading

 

Beowulf

Santiago García and David Rubin’s graphic novel is not the first comic adaptation of the Old English poem Beowulf, nor will it likely be the last. This latest iteration is, however, the most adventurous. Previous adaptations—i.e. those by Gareth Hinds, … Continue reading