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Monday, August 29, 2005

Black Hole : Charles Burns & Spider-Man: Blue : Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

The 12 issues of Black Hole are chock-full of sadness, creepiness, and horror but are super, in a gruesome sort of way. The story is about Seattle teenagers afflicted with a sexually transmitted disease that gives them strange mutations -- a second mouth at the base of one kid's neck that can whisper (warning - there's a french kissing scene that made me yelp) or a tail. The mutated kids are harassed by the normals and become outcasts living in the woods. These teens still with love and loss and a few go crazy. Disturbing and fantastic art.

The team who did this Spider-Man: Blue also did a Daredevil: Yellow (and a Hulk: Gray, I think). From what I can tell, these series always focus on relationships and loss. In Blue, a present-day Peter Parker reminisces endlessly about Gwen Stacy, who died on his watch years earlier. Although the Gwen/M.J. parts are interesting, I've had about enough of Spider-Man's whines and lame one-liners, and overall this retelling of a superhero's most tragic moment was unnecessarily dull.

On the horizon: The Three Incestuous Sisters : An Illustrated Novel by Audrey Niffenegger, the author of Time Traveler's Wife.

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