Sunday, December 2, 2007

A History of Violence

Having read Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City, I was expecting Rick Geary's The Beast of Chicago to be an enjoyable read but nothing revelatory. Geary's oh, so innocent line work and the macabre subject matter gave me a delicious case of the creeping dreadfuls.
This is the sixth volume of what is turning out to be Geary's masterwork. Text and images work together in a rhythm which transports the reader into the Victorian milieu.
Here at The OverDrone he is especially well remembered for his work for Kitchen Sink Press in the eighties. Then there's his National Lampoon work. I actually prefer his black and white work but his adaptations of classics like Wuthering Heights and Great Expectations are great for kids. Let's hope he tackles Moby Dick soon, or what about The Gilded Age? Geary may be the only illustrator/writer capable of doing such works justice.

A Treasury of Victorian Murder

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