Amazing, Horrifying, Beautiful,
This review is from: Kid Eternity (Paperback)
"What are they"?
"The souls of bad babies".
To me those lines bespeak, as well as any might, of what lies in store for the reader who ventures into this work. Painted not drawn from beginning to end, this is one of those very rare titles where the art throughout lives up to the standard we see on the cover.
Kid Eternity tells the story of a literal journey into Hell, but one of surprising depth and complexity. Dante with a post-modern aesthetic, this is a tale of personal horror and revelation as much as it is a splatterfest. And even when we are confronted with splatter, it is never mindless. It is in fact used to devastating effect.
Kid Eternity tells its tale through a complex and at times even disjointed mosaic that makes real demands upon the reader. I still remember my amazement on seeing the first issue, way back in 1991. In fact, this is a title that will always hold a special place for me because it was the very first I encountered that proved that the "comic book" medium could give voice to a genuinely serious and thoughtful work. I'd always known that it could be done. But this was the first book I found that actually did it.
Kid Eternity is not an easy work; not one that reveals itself fully without some thought and reflection on the part of the reader. But then, that's part of its appeal.
Buy it. Read it. You won't be disappointed.