Friday, February 23, 2018

Reader's Diary #1742- Jeff Lemire: Royal City

Ah Jeff Lemire. Man do I love his writing. In Royal City, Lemire returns to his more serious side to examine a dysfunctional family and their inability to cope with the loss of their son/brother.

It's a plot not immediately recognizable to me, having only lower levels of dysfunction and tragedy (at worst) in my immediate family. But Lemire is a master of capturing realistic human emotions and there's always that connection. In Royal City, for me, that came with Patrick Pike (arguably the protagonist) who has come home after an absence, barely recognizing the person he was when he lived there originally; memories with a sort of detachment.

I've also come to miss Lemire's art. I know in some of his superhero stories it wouldn't have always fit, but here his scratchy style and watercolours fit the melancholy tone.

1 comment:

Buried In Print said...

I don't think I've read anything since the Sweet Tooth series and I knew there were a couple of others after that, but I was just checking the other day and realise now just how BUSY he has been. Not just a couple. Sheesh. It's going to take me awhile to catch up! This one does sound like it would suit his own style very well: I'm looking forward to seeing for myself.