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The Sculptor Hardcover – February 3, 2015
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“*The fluidity of McCloud's visual narrative carries us along with a sweep impossible to duplicate in prose, and, through it its climax, the story's commitment to its harsh, inevitable, but ultimately sublime outcome qualifies this as a work of stunning, timeless graphic literature.” ―Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
“Scott McCloud's The Sculptor is the best graphic novel I've read in years. It's about art and love and why we keep on trying. It will break your heart.” ―Neil Gaiman
About the Author
Scott McCloud is the award-winning author of Understanding Comics, Making Comics, Zot!, The Sculptor, and many other fiction and non-fiction comics spanning 30 years. An internationally-recognized authority on comics and visual communication, technology, and the power of storytelling, McCloud has lectured at Google, Pixar, Sony, and the Smithsonian Institution.
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The concept was great, the art was beautiful, and the writing was powerful. My only real complaint was the ending. I wasn't expecting everything to turn out how I wanted it to, but the direction this book went in the final pages felt like it was breaking the mold a little too much.
That being said, I really enjoyed this book. One of my favorite aspects was the main character's relationship with Death, and how Death's motives are not told to the reader completely, but one can infer them by the details given. I love it when author's don't think readers are stupid.
Overall, a solid dark fantasy that sucks you in from the first page.
McCloud being the great sequential art theoretician that he is, produces a mind-bogging effective and gripping narration. It will keep comic lovers on the edge of their seats, and will provide an anthology of all the precepts that he teaches in Understanding Comics, and Making Comics, to the students of the Nineth Art. But do not expect laser blasts, men in tights, flying machines, or cosmic scenery. The characters may not be all well grounded, but they are true to form New Yorkers. And McCloud masterfully weaves the mundane and the supernatural to powerful dramatic effects.
Just read it, but once you start, don't expect to put it down before you reach the last page.