Bayou Volume One trade paperback
Writer/Artist/Cover artist: Jeremy Love
Colors: Patrick Morgan
Editors: Kwanza Johnson & Sean Mackiewicz
Publisher: DC Comics/Zuda Comics
Price: $14.99 US/$16.99 CAN
I don’t read webcomics.
It’s not that I think they’re inferior. Not at all, and I fully acknowledge that the medium has to adapt to new technologies, not to mention the sensibilities and habits of 21st-century readers. When it comes to webcomics, though, it’s just… I don’t have the time, to be honest. I don’t even have the time to read all of the printed comics and graphic novels I have lying around the house. To delve into the ever-expanding world of webcomics is something I just can’t make room for in my life at this point. Fortunately, several online projects make their way into a printed format, allowing those of us who opt only for old-school comics to enjoy them. I don’t know if I would have had the patience to experience Bayou in its original serialized presentation online, but collected in this landscape trade-paperback format, it makes for a fascinating read. Creator Jeremy Love offers up a dark spin on the Wizard of Oz that serves to remind us of a dark chapter of American history that’s not as far behind us as many would like to believe.