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Inanna's Tears Hardcover – February 22, 2011
About the Author
Rob Vollmar is a writer of and about comics. His first graphic novel, The Castaways, was nomimated for an Eisner Award in 2002. He is an associate contributing editor for World Literature Today magazine. Marvin Perry Mann began his comics career inking The Trouble With Girls (Malibu Graphics). Other titles included Ape City, Lizard Lady and Flesh Gordon.
Top customer reviews
this is probably not the type of book i would have sought out; i tend toward science fiction in subject matter, and what i would characterize as realistic or gritty artwork (alex maleev, for example). i decided to give it a go having met the author at a store he managed for several years, and having found him highly intelligent, well-read and well-spoken on any number of subjects, including religion, culture and the portrayal of women in comics.
i am certainly happy to have stepped out of my comfort zone. _inanna's tears_ is the story of a young woman placed in the unusual position of acting as consort to the goddess she serves in the temple of a powerful city. in her new place of political and religious import, she must deal with crisis and changing times, as outsiders attempt to take over the city and replace her goddess with their own god.
i normally find historical fiction an unpleasant read, either tedious and impenetrable in the amout of detail and number of characters i never really come to know, or too like a soap opera dressed up in different clothes. here, however, vollmar has done what so few authors (and filmmakers, for that matter) are able to do with large subjects and times past: he has given the characters weight and believability as individuals rather than stereotypes or mere names, and he has addressed major political upheaval in a manner that is clear, succinct, and insightful.
regarding the artwork, i found it appropriate to the subject matter. mpmann has drawn entika's story in a way that allows us to flesh out the details; the drawings are not overly stylized, and allowed me to see the story as both particular and universal. i also thought his afterward was an interesting comment on the difficulty of portraying a past that we cannot know directly.
as a side note, my first impression of the statue of the goddess herself was that it looked a bit absurd, with the wide staring eyes. to any of you who may have read and enjoyed julian jayne's _the origin of consciousness in the breakdown of the bicameral mind_, however, you may recognize those eyes in the intense, powerful stares of the gods and leaders jaynes wrote about, able to suggest so much to the people who gazed into them. i understood something more of their power in the images of the last few pages of _inanna's tears_, where those eyes suddenly seemed to express the real grief of a goddess and her people.
it has been a long time since a graphic novel provoked me to cry; this one did. i will leave my review at that, and suggest again that anyone looking for a graphic novel that is off the beaten path give it try.
The beginning might seem mysterious and foreign for someone who hasn't studied Sumer. However, once we are acquainted with the object, the third chapter floods us with the unravelings of a story that is truly touching and worthwhile.
The book itself has been beautifully put together with excellent printing, binding and design.
I recommend it for anyone who loves a good story and especially for those interested in ancient culture.