Thursday, September 22, 2016

Reader's Diary #1385- Junji Ito: Uzumaki

A few days ago I came across a list (which, unfortunately, I cannot seem to find anymore) of disturbing comic plots. Most were from American superhero comics (Wolverine killing everyone, the Joker killing Robin, both made the cut) but the one that caught my eye was Junji Ito's Uzumaki which drew comparisons to both Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft and involved a town being haunted by... spirals?

Luckily I was easily able to get my hands on a copy and I'm glad I did. First off, the Poe and Lovecraft comparisons are definitely warranted. There's an overarching plot but each chapter reads like a short story and each has weirdness spiraling out the wazoo. I'd hardly call it disturbing though. Sure there are some twisted images but I've seen worse and more nightmarish in North American comics. Nonetheless, it's all very cool and the story itself is very unique.

The art, too, is quite good. Ito is particularly skilled at using shading and expressions to capture emotion (often fear) in his characters.

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