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Not only is Josh an amazing storyteller, he’s also a poet. And I don’t mean the sappy, beatnik, I-feel-embarrassed-for-this-guy kind of poet. What I mean is that every one of his sentences is like a little bit of word magic. He can paint entire worlds, dimensions and alternate universes with just a few unlikely, but perfectly chosen words in such a way that it will move your soul.
Deadwind Sea is the story of Sergio, a 14th century Spanish shepherd boy, who travels to the Land of the Dead to bring his true love back. But it’s not just that story. There’s stories upon stories entangled inside this story, and if you thought Inception was deep, you might want to fasten your imaginary seatbelt, ‘cause Josh will take you on a damn wild ride.
What starts out as lighthearted comedy quickly delves into much darker, much deeper and much larger tales than I could ever have anticipated. The stories that flow forth from Josh’s imagination feel like they were actually passed on through countless generations, countries and cultures, and each one reveals more about the intricate nature of Josh’s unfolding worlds.
By the end of the book, I felt as if I’d actually been on an epic journey through ages, eras, lands, seas, dimensions and worlds, and I wanted nothing more than to see Sergio reunited with his one true love. That might not sound like something special, but this is coming from a guy who doesn’t believe in one true love, marriage or even monogamy. I am pretty much allergic to romance and especially to romance stories (let alone “romance novels”).
I find myself at a loss to find anything even remotely negative to say about Deadwind Sea, so I think you can just call me one of Josh Wagner’s true fans. I humbly tip my old imaginary hat to you, sir.
Having a hard time with those images? Of course not! If a tried-and-true screw-up like Sergio can live it, you can easily dream it! Sergio is the not-so-classic hero we all secretly are: unsure, unreasoning, unwilling, but wholely in love, and willing to do anything for that love. Even if his adventure leads to a misshapen zombie who will only want death to sweep her off her crumbling feet before gravity does!
In Deadwind Sea, Josh has done the very thing we've watched and waited for these past two long decades: He's achieved the whimsical reality in a book, and shown his heart to the world. Deadwind Sea rambles like Josh on an all-night Finnegans coffee bender, and flows as smoothly as the same addled man sitting in a bean-bag chair strumming lightly on his 6-string. In a single book, this man tells as many stories as that which most novelists fill the ill-used "series", and yet manages to make the many into one.
Deadwind Sea is a Mobius Strip of adventure and romance and history. Don't take your eyes off of it, and you may just find your way back to where you started, from whence you came.
Comics writer Josh Wagner is best known for his own series FICTION CLEMENS and the multi-media spin-off SKY PIRATES OF NEO-TERRA, but his debut novel reveals a writer with even more varied talents than his graphic bibliography previously suggested. DEADWIND SEA has all the visual creativity of Wagner's sequential storytelling, but perfectly adapted to the chosen medium. Wagner's narrative is intelligent and imaginative, and his genial prose creates a vivid world of fairy tale and myth.
DEADWIND SEA is the story of Sergio and Ivette, the village idiot and the beautiful orphan child who falls in love with him. Set in an undisclosed time in an invented land, the tale takes off after their brief courtship and even briefer marriage. Ivette dies days into the union, and convinced that she can yet be saved, Sergio sets off to find the Land of the Dead. His journey is an ingenious trek across the map of storytelling itself. Wagner creates a Russian doll with words. As one tale is told, another is buried inside, and so on until we are deep into multiple anecdotes, each adding to the thematic growth of the other. Wagner's lines crackle with the pacing and familiarity of the oral tradition, making DEADWIND SEA a kind of missing link between Boccaccio and David Mitchell, whose CLOUD ATLAS comes to mind for the way multiple narrative lines run into each other like a string of fictional dominoes. It's a fun trick to watch unfold, each tumble inviting the reader to roll right into the next.
Impressively, DEADWIND SEA never gets predictable. Wagner embraces world mythology and science fiction to come up with new scenarios and new metaphors to lead us further along in Sergio's expedition. It would have been easy for the writer to get lost in all his symbols or to lose track of the many threads he unspools, but as the novel approaches its end, the story picks up genuine steam and somehow the author reels everything back in. Connections are made between elements that previously seemed separate, and characters and concepts take on new meaning. More importantly, there is a real conclusion to Sergio and Ivette's love story, and it both satisfies and confounds reader expectations while also being unabashedly romantic. The final line of the book is truly lovely, and it brings everything to a finish in just the right way. DEADWIND SEA is one of those books where, once you are done, you'll close the back cover, tap your hand on its surface, and think to yourself how good reading it was. Warmth emanates from its pages.
It should also be noted that Josh Wagner is part of the movement to promote creative visions and individual ownership in comics, and that DIY attitude is also brought to this book. Let me tell you from experience, that's a difficult garden to tend, the prose biz is not an easy one. But DEADWIND SEA is a professional looking publication with enough polish to rival anything from a big publishing house. Like his own hero, the author has taken a chance and taken charge of his own fate, and you should be like the travelers Sergio meets on his expedition and lend a hand (and an eye, and an ear) to get him on his way.
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