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Black Cherry Paperback – July 31, 2007
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The story, dialogue and characters are harsh, yes, but not needlessly so. The spontaneous, daring brush style (present in most of his work but particularly so here) almost seems like its extending that sort of verbal and thematic aesthetic. The obscenities strengthen the overall message of the story by providing a believable context for the themes of salvation that permeates the overall arch of the book.
That doesn't mean I don't have any complaints. The cover, while engaging in a fun throwback to EC-era horror comic book covers, is somewhat neutered by the static focal point; such an over-the-top treatment of typography really calls for a much more dramatic cover illustration, instead of such a neutral one that really communicates no feeling found within the book itself save the grungy brush line. TenNapel exhibits fluid, compelling visuals more times than I can count within the book itself, and I just don't think an image of Eddie standing awkwardly like a marionette accurately reflects the book's content.
Additionally, parts of the story might seem awfully familiar to regular readers of Doug's work. Echoes of all of Doug's graphic novels seem to leak into this book, particularly from "Creature Tech"; the rebellious youth defies his pastor father and ultimately regains faith through a climactic struggle involving aliens and/or the supernatural.Read more ›
Which of these doesn't belong? In the view of most other creative types, it would be God. And that's what makes Doug TenNapel different than any other writer around today. While some criticize Doug's insertion of a decidedly Judeo Christian God into his works of fiction, I find it the most compelling element to his work. After all, long gone are the days where artists invited God into their art. Now the god stuff is left to propagandists, while the artists skirt the issue in any manner of disingenuous ways. As such, some of our most talented filmmakers (read: everyone but Mel Gibson) treat God as an ex porn star. Sure he's hot, but can anyone risk headlining him in his or her act, after all, who wants to offend. Never mind the fact that, as Doug states in his forward to the book, 80% of Americans profess to be Christian, and 90% believe in God, the higher ups still manage to believe God is damaged goods, box office be damned. There are few who see the folly in this belief, and fewer still that have the talent to do anything about it.
Thank God for Doug.
Black Cherry is the best kind of book, because a bold and fearless author stands behind it. It will offend, it will perturb, it will jar, but it will never insult because its characters are true, and real, and messy, just like you and me. So, if you've got a sense of humor, if you're a romantic, if you're an action guy, a Sopranos Fan, a fan of pulp, or have ever stepped foot inside a strip bar, or have wanted to, this book it for you. It's full of pulp, and violence, but it still manages a heart that you'll recognize as distinctly TenNapel. Its characters are lovably flawed and truly drawn.Read more ›
I can't offer much by way of summary without giving away some fun plot points and twists. I know you'd much rather learn those on your own the old-fashioned way (by reading it), so here it is: Bad guy Eddie Paretti, who's fallen in love with a stripper named Black Cherry, finds that 1. his girl is gone from the strip place and 2. he's made a deal to steal a body from his own mob boss in order to get money to pay off his debts and 3. that body is not what he expects.
Stealing that body is about to get Eddie in a big, big fix, and it's going to save him, too, in all sorts of ways.
The cast includes some staples of sci-fi/crime fiction/spiritual warfare/horror: demons, angels, bad guys, good guys, a priest, an alien, the hot chick, the wise-cracking protagonist, the cool pal, and car chases.
But TenNapel has a way of taking traditional elements and doing something wacky, funny, moving, and new with them, and always with some spiritual insights. What he does with one particular, er, sacrament is to die for.
I love D.G. and I couldn't put down BLACK CHERRY.
This gets a big thumbs up for graphicky novel goodness. Or is that badness?
And yeah, if you're easily offended by cussing and sexual talk, then this is not the work for you.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You always know when you pick up a Doug TenNapel book that it won't leave you wanting of certain things. Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I honestly think that the genius of this work starts even before the story does, in the forward where Doug's simple, matter-of-fact rebuttal to content-critics provides a roadmap... Read morePublished on December 7, 2010 by Joshua Graham
"Black Cheery" is a great sort of "film noir" style graphic novel...making it a...graphic novel noir? Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by The Irish
Poor Doug Tennapel, he catches hell no matter what he does. He's an outspoken Christian who writes graphic novels like "Black Cherry" about gangsters, murderers, strippers, drug... Read morePublished on January 16, 2010 by Robert Loy
Doug TenNapel has, once again, delivered an amazing piece of sci-fi/adventure/horror/heart-warming fiction that is next to impossible to put down... Read morePublished on September 24, 2009 by Anne B. Kasper
I had bought this book for a friend, but I couldn't let it go without reading it myself. I had only heard TenNapel's name in relation to "Earthworm Jim", so I wasn't expecting too... Read morePublished on November 2, 2008 by Kurt Belcher
Black Cherry is a solid buy. For the low cover price, you get your share of aliens, demons, alien priests, sodomy, strippers, aliens preaching the gospel to squirrels, Catholic... Read morePublished on December 29, 2007 by Bill Breneisen
This has the energy of some of Doug's early stuff, and really takes it up a notch. Its gritty action with a good spiritual subtext and some good pacing to match. Read morePublished on November 24, 2007 by Santosh Oommen
I'll get this out of the way right now, Black Cherry is good, very good.
If you are an avid follower of Doug TenNapel's works you already know that he likes to mix a religious... Read more