Illustrated by Jeff Lemire
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This started strong, with a unique graphic structure and poetic prose. I was immediately intrigued. For the most part, I thought this mixed format and art style worked. But, there were big gaps in the story which should have been resolved; the ending was weak (and obvious); and the art failed to interact with the text about 25% of the time. Often times the prose structure moved into the territory of “picture book” rather than “graphic novel” — when I have to remind myself to look up from the text to see the pictures there’s a problem. I liked the concept and the ambitious undertaking, but overall it felt under-done. This book could use about two more volumes to resolve the issues I have with it.
[And an aside, there were at least half a dozen obvious spelling and grammatical errors in this work. Would definitely have benefited from additional editing. Almost all of these were in the prose sections — I wonder if this wasn’t due to an editor not used to working outside of comics…]