Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Reader's Diary #1564- Reinhard Kleist: Johnny Cash I See A Darkness

Considering myself a big fan of Johnny Cash, I've read and seen enough about the man that I don't feel that I really learned much about him through this graphic novel biography.

However, I did quite enjoy revisiting him and his music with this beautifully rendered comic. Reinhard Kleist's art is scratchy, like Jeff Lemire's, but inky and dark, like Charles Burns'. Both are fitting styles for a moody man-of-the-people artist like Cash.

Furthermore, Kleist works in other themes like the difference between factual truth and artistic truth that linger well beyond the book. In the end, where the man ends and the legend begins is almost irrelevant.

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