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Black & White vol. 3

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Taiyo Matsumoto
Publisher: Viz


Matsumoto's pop comics mélange comes to a conclusion as his boys Black and White, who parted ways at the end of Volume 2, come to terms with how much they need and love one another. What started off as a punk rock ode to media saturation and the ultraviolence of boys comes to a conclusion as a meditation on love and partnership, the duality between love and hate that living inside us all. The boys aren't doing well as we rejoin them: Black looks utterly savage and is behaving more and more manically violent as he tries to protect his home; White a babbling schizoid lost in his own serene dementia. This discordance between them both is personified by... I don't know what the hell it is, a Goat Zombie Reaper of some sort. The god of violence and hate, maybe. Whatever the hell it is, it's not leaving Black alone, ever-pushing him into his own abyss.

Everything that started falling apart in volume 2 falls back together again here, everybody wins some and loses some; through it all, the kids are alright.

BLACK & WHITE is the kind of book that gives you hope for the medium.

-- Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction splits his time between motion graphics and design house MK12, writing comics, and reading comics. He is the author of the graphic novels The Annotated Mantooth and Last of the Independents, both available from AiT/Planet Lar. He can be found on the web at mattfraction.com. His wife is hot.


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