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Terrible binding, fantastic story,
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This review is from: Joe the Barbarian (Hardcover)
I like what Morrison does about half the time, and I have yet to love anything he has done. This changed that.
Really, the only thing holding this book back from the 5 stars is the terrible, lazy binding. The binding is glued, which is fine for a thin volume, but the binding was not pressed all the way into the cover before letting the glue dry. It looks like the whole inside will pop out of the cover. Its a shame because I want to enjoy this book till the day I die.
The story is about Joe's journey through his imaginative fantasy realm as he struggles to navigate through his house to save his life from a hypoglycemic coma. It all seems to be a hallucination but that is the great thing about Morrison, he leaves just enough to leave you to think about it and decide.
The book is fun. Its fun, it has depth and it is drawn so well. Morrison tells a great story about letting the fantasy realm parallel Joe's fears and obstacles, allowing us to take an analogous look at death, fear and courage and explore the idea of how our tendency towards escapism and imagination help us to resolve and make sense of the world we leave in. This is all made better because it lacks the confusing story telling methods Morrison often adopts.
The only drawback is that it could have benefited from another issue to engage and build one or two of the other characters better. But that may have done more harm then good considering how great the pacing is.
This will remind you of the 80s wonderment stories where imagination and adventure took the pilot's seat.