Comic: Alabaster – The Good, the Bad and the Bird #1

I must admit that it was the Dark Horse label (usually I do love the things they publish) and the amazing cover that made me choose this graphic novel, only later did I found out that there is a previous story XP Written by Caitlín R. Kiernan, art by Daniel Warren Johnson, colors by Carlos Badilla and published by Dark Horse Comics

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Dark Horse present it as so: “A new evil haunts the sun-scorched back roads and ghost towns of the American South—murderous twins who command a legion of ghouls. Once again, Dancy Flammarion must face down demons: both those who walk the world unchallenged and those in her own shattered mind.”

Ok.. don’t know if it was my problem (probably yes as there are previous Alabaster stories that I didn’t read yet) but at first I was very confused and struggling to get a grip of what as going on at all.. but I’m a stubborn bastard and as so I’ll get to the end of the five issues! XP But onwards to what I got from this – it gives a horror story vibe (don’t know yet if I’m right) and it develops with a double narrative, one following a girl named Dancy, who’s locked up in a white, empty hell inside herself (all that white would really drive someone bananas!) with dark flashback, demons, angels and some poetic stuff in the mix (the works!) while the other focus on two masked twins dealing some shady business in the middle of nowhere. There’s a clear contrast between the two settings as the parts revolving around Dancy deal with some abstract/philosophical concepts and the other is much more grounded (well, no shit Mugen sherlock! XP) with the writing, tone and art style reflecting it – vague and fantastic/strong, direct and defined respectfully.

Although there’s a lot of transitions between settings they’re well made and paced throughout the comic with the amazing artwork smoothing them even further. After reaching the end of it, one is left curious for more.

PS: I can easily see people get mauled and things like that but come on guys, did you really had to kill that armadillo like that right at the start? jeebus…

 

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