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Junko Mizuno's Fairy Tales:
Hansel & Gretel (vol. 2)

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Junko Mizuno
Publisher: Viz

Commentary

Hansel is a freak with an empty tin can attached to his face. Gretel is the daughter of a local supermarket owner who possesses a mental illness that prevents him from seeing the color pink. Mr. Pig is a giant-sized swine that cuts off his own flesh in order to feed the local townsfolk.

Welcome to Hibari-cho. Welcome to the world of Junko Mizuno.

Known for her ability to combine the cute with the grotesque, Mizuno is one of Japan's most recognizable cartoonists, her work having spawned everything from clothing lines to action figures to album covers. HANSEL & GRETEL is the latest in her series of perverted fairy tales following on the heels of last year's Cinderalla. If Andy Warhol had imagined the Powerpuff Girls, they might look something like this.

JUNKO MIZUNO'S HANSEL & GRETEL is a full-color graphic novel printed on classic comic book stock to give it an old, pulpy feel. It also comes with paper dolls, a sheet of stickers and more naughty lunacy then is humanly good for you. It's a pop culture fetish book; a bit of wholesome dirtiness for the rest of us.

-- Peter Aaron Rose

 
Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.

 


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