4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is the first time Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean worked together - and looking back at the story now (and please remember it was initially released in 1987 and the 10th Anniversary Editon is now several years old) you can see the genisis of something very special starting to germinate.
McKean's artwork is instantly recognisable, the use of colour is very muted, which mimics the black and white film making of the time some of the story is set in (the 30s in Chicago). Gaiman's use of story in comics hasn't quite become what we know from Sandman, but a youthful Gaiman finding his feet in the comic writing world is still a match for most.
As to the story it is really quite strange - a young man, looking just like Neil Gaiman, looks back at some half remembered moments in his past. The major moment in his life being an accident (or was it an accident?) in which his father twists his shoulder out of joint and he then gets taken to see a chiropracter who treated Al Capone. We get to see childs parties, gangsters, magicians and the 30s as they surely never were.
All in all it's a good book and I give it 8/10.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2003
I stumbled upon Gaiman's earlier work through his novel "Coraline", which I really liked. But wow, this book really blew my mind and stuck with me.
It starts as an account by someone who recalls early childhood memories: birthday parties, his father, a doctor visit... But, just like memories, once you think about them, it all becomes blurred, fragmented, distorted, and yet some details are very clear. Dave McKean draws this brilliantly. His imagery for this tale fits the meaning perfectly.
Read it slowly, take it in, the colours, the words, the atmosphere... and beware of the last page.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2013
Neil Gaiman has the amazing ability to take the mundane reality of the world and capture and bring out all the surreal and fantastical aspects of life. Violent Cases is is one of the most powerful and greatest examples of this. The graphic novel is simply about a boy visiting an Osteopath and talking with him. That's pretty much it. However, Gaiman manages to turn this into one of the most interesting and captivating tales you've ever read and helped brought to life by Dave McKean's unique artwork. As a example of storytelling technique it is a unique and essential read. It is very special and well worth reading for fans of Gaiman, graphic novels, or anyone who loves fresh and bold approaches to storytelling.
0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2010
it arrived quicker than expected, concidering it was ordered the week of christmas and arrived before the day. it was well packaged, haven't read it as it was a prezzy.