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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
Today we look at an absolutely haunting graphic novel by Cyril Pedrosa about a husband and wife dealing with the realization that their son might very well be torn away from them. It is called Three Shadows.
This story, translated from the French by First Second Books, tells the tale of a young married couple named Louis and Lise and their son Joachim. They live on a farm in the countryside and everything is just nice and fun and simple until, well, one day things changed…for the worse.
Let’s see how Pedrosa handles the reveal (brilliantly, I might add)…
How spooky is that? Pedrosa really nails that scene beautifully.
In any event, the three shadows are here for Joachim. Effectively, his life is over. But if you’re his parents, how can you accept something so absurd as “oh, okay, three shadows are here to end our son’s life, oh well, what are you going to do?”
That’s what this book is really about – showing how Louis and Lise are driven to extremes (particularly Louis) in protecting their son. And in the process of protecting him, are they losing each other?
This is a powerful work with striking, dynamic artwork. It is also not a particularly upbeat work, if that’s your cup of tea. Still, it is a strong, well-crafted comic book that is well worth reading.
Click here to see First Second’s page for the book, including some more preview pages and links to a couple more reviews.
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