Just wanted to write something about Chris Ware’s Building Stories. What an astonishing achievement. I feel as though Ware has assembled a new phrasing style. He’s doing his thing – it’s definitely his voice – yet he is “phrasing” notes and chords in a new way that reminds me of the way, say, Ellington changed over his career. Retaining that “big sound” regardless of the size of the band.
Here, at last, we have the first issue of this long-gestating series, drawn with diabolic dynamism by comics conceptualizer and Italian artist extraordinaire – the artist with the greatest Kirby flair – Paolo Leandri, and scripted by a comics professor with an erudition that encompasses not only the world of comics, but that of traditional art and culture as well; a knowledge that spans the centuries back to the classics of antiquity… and beyond – Adam McGovern. This is the same team that, way back in 2006, brought us a black and white one-shot comic book scripted with panache and drawn with smashing vivacity – Dr. Id – about which we waxed rhapsodic, and we are excited that they have at last managed to reunite around this full color, four issue mini-series released by Image Comics. Nightworld is a multi-layered meta-phantasmagoria in comic book form. On the one hand, it is a fabulously entertaining traditional comic book yarn with page after page of eye-popping art that is very much the direct descendant of Jack Kirby’s classic work in Black Magic, Strange World of Your Dreams, and, of course, The Demon, while on the other, it is a deconstruction of / meditation on the mythical infrastructure that underpins and links all these works to the Jungian collective unconscious we all share in, aware or not, and which guides our waking life through indirectives, which we could do worse than imagine originating in… Nightworld, a work that is perhaps best described by Mr. Leandri himself, in his succinct summing up, as being “pure comics for now people.”
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