Saturday, September 1, 2012

Thirty Days of Graphic Novels, Day 20: "Space Clusters"

So obviously, real life has gotten in the way of the planned one graphic novel/per day post!  I'll still play out the string though.

Space Clusters is a very weird, some might say psychedelic, science fiction graphic novel with very fitting cosmic artwork by Alex Nino.  The plot, which is pretty thin, concerns a murderer on the run and the law enforcement official who is chasing him; the chase, due to light-speed travel, crosses hundreds of years in galactic time even though the individuals involved age only a few decades.  Then the book gets weird, as both hunter and prey fall into a black hole, end up as diffuse cosmic entities in another universe, and still clash!  In other words, it's not one of those books with relatable characters and situations, but for fans of the Silver Surfer, Jim Starlin, etc., it's nicely-drawn foray into metaphysical ideas of space and consciousness.  I do think the story fits the format well, as a self-contained story like this fits into graphic novel format well, and Nino takes good advantage of the over-size page width available.

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