The sci-fi epic Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn takes place somewhere in the outer cosmos, beyond reckoning or observation. The mysterious Dr. Z has enlisted three space heroes to search the galaxy for the fabled Twelve Gems of Power: the hulking alien-brawn Furz; the beautiful and deadly …
Published by Drawn and Quarterly
80p, b&w, hardcover, 6.5"x10"
Castrée draws perfectly - gestures that speak mountains, uncurling with neat script and strange anger. Most of the comics I've seen from her before Susceptible are rich, forest-y allegorical stories full of beauty and fury and loss. This is something different - a story of growing up transitory and hard, swinging through landmarks of her childhood, capturing the unpredictable blend of actions, thoughts and emotions that hurl one through life. This book is blunt - poetry is replaced with prose - and it embodies gorgeous pain, fills its borders with the intuitive questions, "this is how it happened?" Yes, difficult yes. -EF