Friday, July 2, 2021

Kent State by Derf Backderf

 (Abrams ComicsArts, 2020) This book is ridiculously good. While it doesn't have the jawdropping personal insight to go along with the research of Derf "Jeffrey Dahmer Fan Club - Charter Member" Backderf's Dahmer book, the artwork and design is so elevated that it kore than makes up for it. This is a complicated, multifaceted, terrible, inevitable story and to a profound, fantastic way to tell it is in comics form, utilizing the medium's strengths to give voice and humanity to multiple fascinating figures. Again, the drawings, especially depicting the moments before and during the violent climax, are SO good. This was my favorite GN of 2020 by far.

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