The renowned graphic-book author Joyce Brabner's Second Avenue Caper is the true story of a tight-knit group of artists and activists living in New York City in the early 1980s who found themselves on the front lines in the fight against AIDS. Struggling to understand the disease and how they …
by David Mahler
Published by Pikiha Press
54p, b&w, softcover, 5.5"x8"
Deep Park is an ambitious graphic novel about a sadistic/hedonistic/trashed amusement park and its denizens. Told as disjointed vignettes, Mahler introduces an interesting terrarium of personalities which keeps the story moving fast, squeezing about 120 pages of carnival sci-fi into a slender 54. The trimming often seems done at the expense of visual adventure and narrative clarity - I'd love to see this killer amusement park explored in more expressive detail, it's villany tuned to a higher pitch and it's conspiracies either more fully exposed or more threateningly withheld. Riding a roller coaster is scary, but riding a broken roller coaster is terrifying. -EF