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Kane: Greetings From New Eden (vol. 1)

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Paul Grist
Publisher: Image Comics

Commentary

Since its humble beginning over a decade ago, there's been a cynical undercurrent in KANE, involving everything from political machinations, family neglect and abuse, police corruption and brutality. At its heart, its about the gray areas in the pursuit of crime and justice, ironic given that it's one of the better black-and-white books on the shelves.

Sometimes reading like a fever dream, it cuts back and forth between past and present without clearly delineated transitions, as its author, Paul Grist, drags its titular protagonist through a past that he can't run fast enough from. Rivaling Frank Miller's Sin City for best use of negative space in a graphic novel, KANE is not to be mistaken as your run-of-the-mill crime comic. There's a surrealist streak that runs throughout the book, bunny suits and all, that serves as a fitting counter-point to the cool demeanor of its lead detective.

The tagline for the book is, "Not Everything is Black and White." I think you'll find that very much in play here.

-- 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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