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Blood a Tale Paperback – January 1, 2005
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But let's not forget artist Kent William's lush, evocative emotionally charged art! It enhances & enriches this multi-layered story immeasurably, with knowing references & homage to many artists & to specific works of art -- again, vivid examples of landscape as psyche. Which isn't to say that this is dreary allegory-by-numbers, a neat & sterile construction of formulaic symbolism. Story & art combine to create far more than the sum of their parts here, something to be experienced directly in all of its dark beauty & occasional confusion, as you might experience a potent dream that lingers long after waking. It's definitely not for every taste -- but for those who want more than adolescent power fantasies from comics, this is highly recommended!
Mostly, it's an incredible effort in visual narration, with the narration priovided by DeMatteis and the visuals by Kent Williams. Watercolors carry most of the story, and carry it in warm, sympathetic renderings of figure. GIven the nature of mixed media, it's never easy to distinguish between painting and drawings in pen, brush, or dry media, but the distinctions don't matter and often combine. Williams' artwork conveys every feeling needed, from love (or something like it), to despair, the blankness of clinical depression, to death and to emotions with no easy names.
The visual story is never better than the story itself, though, or not much better. I found the plot a bit weak - jumpy, ill-connected, and lacking in causal relations. It had moments, though, like vampiric nursing, that grab the reader. I enjoy graphic narration for the combination of graphics and narration. This time, it's the graphics that do the job.
The tale is 'told' inside the tale, creating layers sometimes linked to each other in very poetic and unexpected ways.The greatness of the artwork quickly pulls you inside the story and you never want the tale to end and it doesn't...in some way.
The story is presented with great artwork fully in water color. The graphic alone would worth the money. This book is one worth collecting if you are a collector of Graphic Novels.