TITLE: In The Pines
AUTHOR: Erik Kriek
GENRE: Graphic Novel, Crime, Mystery, Short Stories
RATING: 3.5/5 Stars
A collection of murder ballads — some of which have been covered by modern masters like Nick Cave, Steve Earle, and Gillian Welch — that have been adapted into ruthless graphic narratives.
What I Liked:
- The stories were really dark and cool. I'm a big fan of legends and these were a different kind, less supernatural but intriguing just the same. My favourite stories were 'Where The Wild Roses Go' because of the nod to a badass cowgirl, or 'Long, Black Veil' because of the twist at the end.
- The art style suited the stories well. I didn't love it, but I liked the colour schemes a lot and they were perfect contextually.Considering that this was a solo project from Kriek, I'm pretty impressed by the little details he added in.
What I Disliked:
- I guess I would have liked a little more padding out and excitement story wise. Plots like these are mostly about building atmosphere I know, but some of them felt a little drawn out without much going on. 'Taneytown' was my least favourite story because of this.
These were a great collection. They certainly hooked me enough to make me abandon my original reading plans in favour of them. That being said, I would have liked to see a few panels more devoted to plot development. The art impressed me though I wasn't totally blown away and the book managed to introduce me to a new genre of music too!