Thursday, June 7, 2012

Quick Review

Any EmpireAny Empire by Nate Powell

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Other than an unfortunate, almost inevitable gravity, this is a nearly perfect, nearly wordless comic. Powell's space is elastic within his unframed panels; expanding and contracting with detail and emotion, always in service to his rather gently disturbing story; never just showy or empty. If the whole thing rather painlessly slides into melodrama, well, worse things could happen. Meanwhile the narrative, for the better part of the book, feels perfectly observed and completely emotionally convincing, and Powell's technique and talent shine.

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