By Hervé St-Louis
June 8, 2004 - 14:40
Writer(s): Laini Taylor-Di Bartolo
Penciller(s): Jim Di Bartolo
Cover Artist(s): Jim Di Bartolo
The Drowned embraces a style rarely seen in American or European comics. If you're a fan of Goethe's Faust or Stendhal's The Red and the Black, you'll love this graphic novel. It's immersed in the Romantic literary genre that pervaded the first half of the 19th century. Taylor's story is covered under several layers of contexts, themes and secrets, while being very accessible.
The visuals, by husband Di Bartolo are as immersed in the Romantic tradition as the script. Everything is detailed, dynamic. Although the artwork is very realistic, characters move fluidly. One of Di Bartolo's strengths is the facial expression he gives each of his characters. The range of emotions covered is impressive. He also likes capturing moments with various camera angles.
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