Optic Nerve #14 by Adrian Tomine (D&Q) $6.95 - Optic Nerve 14 brings Adrian Tomine’s multifaceted, expressive cartooning to a new peak with two stories and a bonus autobiographical strip. “Killing and Dying” is about a father’s struggles to be supportive: it centers on parenthood, …
Phase 7 #009
52p, b&w, 8.5"x11"
Longstreth's ten-year Basewood forest epic comes to a close and here in the final issue his patterns and layouts are tightened and heightened to hypnotic levels. It's a little like Laura Ingalls Wilder plus dragons...Still and ceremonial, these pages are orderly like Buddhist Thangkas with every action and object governed by very specific mapping. As the story progresses and focuses it becomes foremost a portrait of pioneer life, letting the vengance and battle scenes take a back seat to the growth of a family...a domestic Hobbitesque meditation. -EF