Some totally stunning artwork from Mr Ryp but it's not a graphic novel as you'd anticipate rather poetry that's been interpreted into comic panels. If you are buying it for the art then obviously proceed (it's black & white by the way) but if you are looking for another Watchmen or Swamp Thing you may want to pass on this.
A very disappointing book for those who want a complete Moore collection only.
The blurb says it all - this is an *adaptation* of some of Moore's performance pieces, rather than a Moore comic book, built on the foundation of Moore's notoriously detailed and well crafted scripts.
Ryp's illustrations are luscious, but ultimately convey no depth and no emotion. Unfortunately, the poetry about gangsters and flame thrower massacres in movie theatres doesn't really make for the best source material. It doesn't help that one can't distinguish the characters from the background in most frames.
Besides Moore's other work, this comes across as adolescent scribblings. I can only assume that someone somehow obtained rights to this my accident, got hold of a technically good artist and went for it, and found a publisher because of Moore's name. Without that name this would never have seen the light of day.
I didn't read the back of this book before reading it. I should have. What you have here are three "performance works" (or poems as I like to call them) from celebrated writer Alan Moore. They have been illustrated and placed in the traditional comics format which as they have no real narrative they make no sense when you to read them as a story. If you take just the text you have a sublime literary spectacle from a confident, flourishing author. If you look at the illustration you have a huge collection of mini-masterpieces. Each is an exquisitely detailed black and white line drawing with so much depth packed in you could drink in each one for ages and still keep seeing new details. Put them both together and try and read it in a way that it is not intended and you end up with a mental train wreck. But that's my fault for not looking at the instructions. Thumbs Up for outsmarting the reader!
Another superb graphic novel from the master of modern comics. Beautifully written, but the most wonderful thing about this comic is the quite exceptional artwork from Juan Jose Ryp. The second that i opened it, i thought i was going to die. Especially on the "'cause the subways are crawling with cannibal children" page, the detail is quite incredible. The book is split up into three stories, Another Suburban Romance being my particular favourite, not least because it features a figure not dissimilar to Alan Moore himself. This is the best graphic novel i read last year (2003). Do not hesitate to purchase.