Synopses & Reviews
Another all-original collection of full-color graphic novellas in the format of takes its title from the lead story, a prequel of sorts to the graphic novel , in which the seemingly ageless swashbuckler turns up in a bar in 1920 New York and relates the tale of how he went to Hollywood to play himself in a film version of . Another tie-in with a previous Jason story occurs in "The Smiling Horse," in which the characters from the story "&" in attempt to kidnap a woman. Also in this volume: "The Brain That Wouldn't Virginia Woolf," a mash-up of and , told in reverse chronological order; the Bukowski pastiche "A Cat From Heaven" in which Jason works on his comic, has a reading in a comic book store, gets drunk and makes a fool of himself; the dialogue-free (all the text occurs in thought balloons) "Tom Waits on the Moon," in which we follow four people (one of them a scientist working on a teleportation machine) until something goes wrong; and "So Long Mary Ann," a prison-escape love-triangle story.
"Norwegian cartoonist Jason has returned with more full-color stories populated by lonely, and at times sociopathic, anthropomorphic characters. Cats, dogs, and ducks steal, fight, murder, and drink themselves into oblivion. Although brimming with black humor, the tales are far from ridiculous; the disjunction between the cute creatures and their actions often serves to highlight the despair inherent in their lives. Text is light, as the images drive the narratives. In these spare, mute panels, infused with flat oranges, greens, and browns, small movements covey great meaning and emotion. The volume includes five stories, including 'The Brain That Wouldn't Virginia Woolf,' a hybrid of The Brain That Wouldn't Die and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. The title story provides a charming prequel to Jason's 2008 graphic novel, The Last Musketeer. Visually exciting, at times hilarious and at times devastating, Athos in America will only add to Jason's well-deserved reputation as a star of the graphic novel world. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Jason returns with more tales of love and loss among the dog- and cat-headed.
About the Author
Jason hails from Oslo, Norway, but currently resides in the south of France. The Harvey and Eisner Award-winner continues to create new books at a breakneck pace--his books include Werewolves of Montpellier; Low Moon; Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories; Hey, Wait...; Sshhhh!; The Iron Wagon; What I Did (collecting the previous three volumes); I Killed Adolf Hitler; The Last Musketeer; The Left Bank Gang; Why Are You Doing This?; The Living and the Dead; Meow, Baby!; You Can't Get There from Here; Tell Me Something; and Almost Silent (collecting the previous four volumes) and (with Fabien Vehlmann) Isle of 100,000 Graves.