Thursday, September 13, 2007

Vertigo's Sentences

Last week DC/ Vertigo released Sentences: The Life of M.F. Grimm, a graphic novel autobiography by hip-hop artist Percy Carey, with excellent art by Ronald Wimberly.

DC / Vertigo must be commended for publishing Sentences. I wasn't familiar with Percy Carey as an hip-hop artist or writer before Sentences, but while reading this book I was instantly sold on Carey's story-telling abilities (he had me at the first caption: "This is how it went down."). Percy Carey uses first person narration throughtout Sentences, probably my favorite writing style because it's more personal and to say he's led a colorful life is a huge understatement. Carey learned everything he knows the hard way and if Sentences were a movie it would be a hard R (I think a movie of Sentences would do really well and it's already perfectly storyboarded). The art by Ronald Wimberly evokes Edward Risso of 100 Bullets fame, actually Sentences reads and looks like a really really good 100 Bullets.

I'll be interested in seeing how Sentences does outside of the comic book audience. Surely a number of fans of hip-hop and or Percy Carey will be interested in reading this book (I've heard it's already gotten several great reviews in non comic book magazines).

An interesting aside: Percy Carey has a Muppet Wiki entry as he was a kid on the seventh season of Sesame Street (and early in Sentences, Carey humorously recounts his time on Sesame Street).

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