“Sing No Evil”

For my Saturday posts, since this is rapidly becoming a blog for my readers, I want to talk about a book I liked.

Last week I had the privilege of reading Sing No Evil, a graphic novel by JP Ahonen and KP Alare. I picked it up at the library because I loved the cover (which you can see here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MBRM7FQ/), and the description really delighted me, so I checked it out.

In all fairness, this thing is right up three of my alleys (comics, urban fantasy, and METAL), so my thoughts on it might be biased, but the art and design is just spectacular. During the performance and dream sequences the artist goes crazy; the coloring and layout of the pages, along with expressive posture, really conveys the transports of playing and listening to music, especially live.

I wish it had been longer. I’d like to have seen better treatment of the magic, which really wasn’t a Thing until later in the book. The foreshadowing was very nice, well done, but ultimately the tension fizzled in an anticlimax.

I’d still recommend it, issues aside. It was well-written in general, engrossing. And damn, it was just so beautiful to look at.

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