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The Shadow of the Cross: Imprisonment Paperback – September 23, 2016
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Again and again, the Cathars attract the attention of various authors. I have reviewed several books related to them here. This time, it’s a very short graphic novel, the first part of The Shadow of the Cross.
The 34-page books is mostly illustrations. It has one page of introductory narrative and a couple of pages of short dialogs.
After the siege of Montségur in 1243, a small group of Cathars managed to escape to a nearby village, until they were finally discovered. An innocent young man does not understand why a young woman is tortured. So he…. well, you have to guess or read the book.
I was disappointed that the book was so short. Even if the book is published in parts, I think it should at least have 50 pages, as most are illustrations.
BUT, those are wonderful watercolors! The artist is really gifted with colors.
There’s a bit of everything, including illuminations style for the first pages.
There’s also a fabulous sense of movement.
From colors, to faces, to landscape, to architecture, as an artist myself, I REALLY found the art excellent. I kept reopening the book to look at them, not for the story itself.
One thing seems odd to me: the style of the speech bubbles seems too modern and too oversimplified. It does not fit the high quality and sophistication of the paintings on which they are presented. I think something as simple as the choice of font would do the trick.
Also, the cover does not give justice to the beauty of the book.