Daily Archives: June 27, 2018

It’s Not Easy Being Green

A Study in Emerald hardcover graphic novel
Writer: Neil Gaiman
Artist/Cover artist: Rafael Albuquerque
Adaptation script: Albuquerque & Rafael Savone
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Todd Klein
Editor: Daniel Chabon
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics/Dark Horse Books
Price: $17.99 US/$23.99 CAN

This comics adaptation of a Neil Gaiman short story from 15 years ago blends the seminal works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.P. Lovecraft that captures the atmospheres, intelligence and, in the case of the latter, pervasive horror in a riveting read. I hadn’t been aware of the previous piece of prose work by Gaiman, so artist Rafael Albuquerque’s decision to revisit the material opened my eyes to something I’d unfortunately missed. Now, I have to be honest — I’ve not read any of Lovecraft’s writing, only about his writing. The good news is that one can appreciate and thoroughly enjoy this story with even only a passing familiarity with his darkly surreal stories of ancient evil. Though creepy and unsettling throughout, the story is oddly playful as well, and Albuquerque’s loose linework brings the Victorian period to life perfectly.

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