Friday, September 17, 2010

This looks interesting: The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans

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Description from the publisher (NBM Publishing):
Nights of terror! A city awash in blood! New Orleans right after the First World War. The party returns to the Big Easy but someone looks to spoil it. Grocers are being murdered in the dead of night by someone grabbing their axe and hacking them right in their own cushy beds! The pattern for each murder is the same: a piece of the door is removed, the axe is borrowed on the property, and the assailant aims straight for the head! Why? How could he fit through that piece in the door? The man is never found for sure but speculations abound which Geary presents with his usual gusto!

See what some reviewers have to say about this graphic novel:


Michael C. Lorah at Blog@Newsarama
His pen and ink approach to the art suits the story’s historical setting.  Using mostly thin, crisp black lines offset by white space, Geary’s pages capture the essence of each era his true crime tales visit. [. . .] With a documentarian eye, Geary opts for straightforward panel progressions and straight-ahead panel compositions that even the most novice comic reader can easily follow.

Bill Sherman at Blogcritics Books
But his eye for the telling period detail remains. (His capture of the victims' homes and shops provides a definite sense of place which can't help adding a little melancholy to the proceedings.) Geary has produced a dozen books focusing on 19th and 20th century true crime, and he doesn’t appear to have exhausted himself yet.

Jason Sacks at Comics Bulletin
It would be easy to compare this story with one of those true-crime shows on cable, but that would be minimizing the artfulness of Geary’s story. He intentionally chooses to set up his scenes in ways that add a kind of whimsical horror to the events, if that makes any sense. [. . .] The setting of Geary’s stories always feels alive with period detail and a distinctive form of energy that gives these books a tremendous sense of verisimilitude.

Steven Surman at Broken Frontier
The unfolding story is told by Geary with the careful finesse of an old-fashioned reporter working in a time when newspapers were still a dominant source of information. He’s all about the facts, never missing a beat in telling us who, what, why, where, when, and how.

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