Low Moon

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Fantagraphics Books
(w) Jason
(a) Jason
FC 216 pgs $24.99

The latest offering from the brilliant Norwegian cartoonist Jason is this hardcover book containing his Low Moon story that was serialized in the New York Times Sunday Magazine “Funny Pages” section. It also has four other short stories, each as entertaining as the last.

The book starts off with Emily Says Hello–a dark and twisted story of murder, meted out with  a mysterious catch phrase. The next is Low Moon, a western cowboy showdown with chess instead of guns.

It’s tough to choose favorites with Jason but even though I really enjoyed Emily Says Hello, the next story, entitled &, is just a masterpiece. It’s a simple story of unrequited love and the depths that some people go to to get it. Black  comedy at it’s finest.

You know what, I’m mistaken–the next, Proto Film Noir, which mixes cavemen and noir stylistic elements, is my favorite. It’s the old “bump-off-the-husband” routine with a plot device that reminds me of the Roger Corman produced, Jacques Tourneur directed, Richard Matheson written movie The Comedy of Terrors. Both feature similar problems for the protagonists. Let’s just say death gets a little more complicated than usual.

The final story, You Are Here, features a father and son whose wife and mother has been abducted by an alien. Dad is determined to get her back. It’s a sweet and melancholy story.

For those who haven’t tried Jason’s work, you just don’t know what you’re missing. His stuff is brilliant and this latest offering is awesome.

I just wish that all of Jason’s work came in as nice of a hardcover collection as this. (Shane Hnetka)

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