Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Reader's Diary #1968- David Jesus Vignolli: A Girl in the Himalayas

Perhaps it's due to Marvel's Iron Fist and Dr. Strange, but I'm weary of books set in the Himalayas written by outsiders. And with David Jesus Vignolli's graphic novel A Girl in the Himalayas I figure those fears were justified. Once again it's a mystical land presented with a very tenuous grasp on religion and philosophy. There's commentary about resource exploitation but other than "it's bad" I couldn't say exactly what it is.

Better are moments between the central character (the titular girl) and her new guardians, one of whom gave up his immortality to save her. Touching at times, I still felt some of this angle's potential was lost.

The art at least is great. Somehow the style seems to be a cross between Jeff Lemire and Osamu Tezuka's; organic and simple. It's mostly black and white but enhanced with rusty orange water-colours.

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