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The Compleat Moonshadow Paperback – February 1, 1998
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The Compleat Moonshadow is a graphic novel whose story revolves around the life and times of the eponymous hero. Born in a space zoo to the epitome of a flower child named "Sunflower," and a seemingly omnipotent, smiley face bubble called a G'I-Doses, Moonshadow longs for, and acquires, adventure out amongst the stars. A lascivious and ill-tempered alien named Ira, along with Moonshadow's ever faithful housecat, Frodo, accompany him on this miraculous journey.
Timeless subjects such as war, love, and mortality are presented to the reader under the guises of awesome quests and situational farces. One can thoroughly enjoy the action sequences from a global battle for supremacy, yet still be reassured that there are valuable insights to uncover on the machinations and consequences of combat. By the same token, Moonshadow's often hilarious attempts to win Ira's affections belie an anxious, nearly neurotic, compulsion for friendship.
John Marc DeMatteis' writing is highly romantic. However, it avoids the pretentious pitfalls that quixotic writing is prone to through its sincerity. The reader feels every bit of genuine emotion that went into the creation of the narrative, and thinks the saga better for it.
To add authenticity, DeMatteis' writing directly mirrors that of Moonshadow's; therefore, the prose has such adolescent mainstays like cynicism and doubt creep into the idealistic work as Moonshadow reaches his teenage and mature years.
Likewise, the art of Jon J. Muth evokes pure sensation. His proficient understanding of form and perspective, coupled with his judicious use of color, engages the reader's sensibilities and never loosens its hold until long after the story is finished.
Muth also employs exceptional page layout and storyline sequence in Moonshadow. Foregoing the classical approach in most comic books (picture squares with text in them) except when warranted, Muth applies a chic blend of children's storybook layouts (one or two pictures to a page) and his own inimitable, visually innovative arrangements.
The Compleat Moonshadow is an endearing and highly imaginative tale that will find acceptance and warmth among its readership.
The art is amazing, as you can tell from the very cover. Absolutely dream-like and beautiful at all times.
The writing is exceptional: we're talking about a fable that contains elements from all its greatest predecessors while telling a very moving and original story.
Ambitious? Yes, it is. Does it deliver? You bet.
After art school, I found myself abandoning oils and turning to watercolors. I could work quickly and didn't require as much ventilation, but watercolors are infintely harder to master than oils. I still hadn't returned to "Moonshadow". My awakening was still yet to come.
Years pass and now I hardly ever paint, or write. I did something in goache recently for my Wife, and something clicked in my head, tiny but definitively. Ping! I found the "Compleat Moonshadow" for sale here, and bought it.
After two days of reading (fighting a chest cold), and respectfully closing the book at its end, I can be thankful I'd found the book, and know now my own awakening had begun. Thank you, Mr. DeMatteis and Mr. Muth, for making this book. It means more to me than anyone but you could ever know...