Before you cast this graphic novel aside as some kind of self-pitying, whining, goth-validating piece of rubbish, think again. Anyone who has known what it is like to experience grief will identify so totally with this book it's unreal, while those who don't will be speechless with sorrow. Never once self-indulgent, James O'Barr has put so much soul into this work it will overwhelm you, while the dexterity with which he mixes different mediums to ehance the emotive power of the pages is truly what makes it a work of art.
If you find it cliched, you must be skimming - what at first may appear to be a watery moping Tarantino-esque revenge story will soon have you hooked.
In short, I was incredibly impressed, both with the unusual artwork and the quality of writing. Worth the extortionate price I paid for it in a real bookshop!