Today on the site Carter Scholz returns to review Dash Shaw's New School.

The most radically innovative feature of New School is its thick overlays of color that at times all but obscure the drawing and lettering underneath.  There is a definite vocabulary to these overlays.  They’re entirely absent from the New Jersey chapter, except for a dark blue/ochre mix used to signify Danny’s precognitive dreams.  (He dreams blockbuster movies yet to be released: Jurassic Park and X-Men.)  A variety of palettes and patterns occupy the other chapters, with less clear significance; sometimes they’re clearly reflective of Danny’s mood, but it’s hard to say why chapter 4, for instance, favors dots, plaids, and checkers.  In the last two chapters, photos are used, which creates a more direct counterpoint between the two layers of images.


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