Violent cases -10th Anniversary Edition Paperback – Special Edition, 29 May 1998
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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.
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.
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