opposed to making fun of Brian Wood (let us never forget that Brian Wood is kind of a huge creep). Anyways, whenever he tells me I might like a book I tell him to send it on over as I trust his judgement/don't want to be eaten alive. The latest fascinating release from NoBrow that was provided for review is, "Nightlights," by writer and artist Lorena Alvarez.
Nightlights focuses on a young girl named Sandy with incredible artistic skills. She loves to draw, doodle, or otherwise create amazing images, and it gets her in trouble at the strict Catholic school she attends (it always seems like nuns are either mean and strict or really nice and wise in stories). Sandy has an even cooler secret ability however. Late at night her drawings come alive and take her on fantastic journeys full of bright colors and general gorgeous imagery. It isn't made completely clear whether these trips to another world may very well be dreams of Sandy or somehow are real--it is left up to the reader to interpret.
The story in, "Nightlights," is very solid, but I absolutely loved the imagery. There is a wondrous difference between the more muted tones and designs of the world when Sandy is awake versus once her dreams take her to other worlds. The main reason I confirmed to Tucker I was interested in this book was because of how just plain gorgeous the art is.
5 out of 5 stars.
Note: A copy of this book was provided for the purpose of review.