The first of Charles Burns new comic series that will be collected in three parts but which I read somewhere he demands shall never be made into one large volume (could be a lie, you tell me). Apparently this draws a lot from the classic comic Tintin, and Charles Burns does great work--look at his huge magnum opus "Black Hole" which made from 1995-2004--so you could expect something good. Was it though? I'll never tell, unless of course you click after the cut...
Bizarre, that is the best way to describe this story. It arguably is about a man named Doug trying to get past his regrets in life by taking drugs that whisk him away to a dreamworld where things are slightly familiar to his strongest memories from real-life, but also oh-so-strange. The story moves between this dreamworld, present-time in real life, the past in real life, and back to the dream-scape all within these 56 pages or so. Burns story is both at once fantastical and full of magic, a reflection on the doldrums of everyday life, and also a horror story in some of its more disturbing images, from the inhuman monsters Doug's dreams, to the fragile people he meets in his waking life.
|Most eerie moments take place in Doug's dreams, but the most disturbing scenes are all too real moments of his life.|
|Doug's dreamworld is populated by a wide-cast of exotic characters.|
3.5 out of 5 stars.
X'ed Out for a pretty good price on Amazon. Why not buy it from there or your local comic store?