Cages Hardcover – 24 May 2002
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This is his magnum opus to date: an immense, pulsing graphic novel... -- Publisher's Weekly July 22 2002
About the Author
Dave McKean is best known for his regular collaboration with Neil Gaiman, during which he has created covers for every single issue and one-shot of Sandman, (now collected as Titan's The Sandman: Dustcovers), Violent Cases, Signal to Noise, Black Orchid and Mr. Punch. Also celebrated for his work with Grant Morrison on the classic Batman: Arkham Asylum, Cages represents McKean's first major solo work.
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Top Customer Reviews
One character muses, "Like a spiral it [creation] repeats but it also comments on itself". Here, in a nutshell, Mckean summarises what Cages does and is about.
A Chinese box - boxes within boxes - of a novel, weaving between the residents of a contemporary apartment block, McKean provides an enchanting yet fragmented commentary on the nature of creativity (its pitfalls, effects, demands. . . - a theme perhaps given all the more poignancy and "depth" as the author is also an artist) through allegories, fairy tales, anecdotes, encounters and dreams - peppered throughout with dry humour.
Artistically, although much of the illustration is sketchy and two-tone - more like the pictures from a film story board than most graphic novels (and lacking the rich detail of, say McKean's work in "Arkham Asylum") each picture compliments the action perfectly, provides masterful scene changes and those moments when McKean lets his formidable artistic talent carry the narrative alone, provide some of the most original and breathtaking sequences of the piece.
You could argue that McKean fails to deliver what his prologue suggests. You could feel that the characters remain - however beautifully rendered - a little too skeletal and lacking.Read more ›
Quite simply he could, and then some.
This is the greatest graphic novel ever written, equally useful as a lush coffee table book or bedtime reading.
McKean mixes drawing styles, photgraphic collage, paint and much much more to create a kaleidoscope of abstract and profound images.
If you only ever buy one graphic novel, buy cages.
It is startling, hypnotic, distressing, thought provoking and beautiful. At certain points I had to stop, just to bask in the story and let melancolia wash over me and at other points I gasped out loud (drawing strange looks from my husband).
I would definately recommend this, a beautiful beautiful book, only wish I'd bought it in hardback now.
This is one of the crowning achievements of the graphic medium, and a landmark in literature.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
among mckean's books, this one is simply essential.
his first major solo work - and an immediate masterpiece!
he presents all his skills at different techniques. Read more
I bought this book as a present, what mattered to me was that it arrived on time and it did. The person it was for seemed pleased with it.Published on 11 Jan. 2011 by giuseppina