Monday, December 31, 2007

Blue Pills


Last night I was happy to have read Blue Pills, a new graphic novel by european cartoonist Frederik Peeters, as it's probably the last book I'll get a chance to read before 2007 wraps up. Blue Pills, was a very strong book to wrap up the year for me and I'd easily put it in the top five graphic novels I've read this year (the other four graphic novels in my top five for 2007 in no particular order are Alice in Sunderland, Black Dossier, Exit Wounds, Alias The Cat, Town of Evening Calm, and MW - wait that's more than five - oh well I guess there was more great graphic novels this past year than I thought and I'm sure that I'm forgetting some, probably in the next few days I'll have an entry for my picks for 2007).

Blue Pills, is subtitled "A Positive Love Story", and being as two of the characters within Blue Pills are HIV positive, the subtitle has a duel meaning. Blue Pills is actually a graphic novel memoir as it is a true story by writer / artist Frederik Peeters. Blue Pills is not just a great love story, it's a great people story full of humor, sadness, small questionings on the meaning of life, and full of love. The art style is evocative of Craig Thompson's style (Blankets) who also contributes a great quote about Blue Pills that sums up how amazing this book is: "This story that could be whiney, self-pitying, and melodramatic is instead passionate and celebratory in his gushy brush lines."

6 comments:

Voq'ha said...

Yes this comic did suck, but I think It sucked mostly because it was unnecessary. The ultimate universe has served to reset cannon and cotinuity just fine without causing crazy mac truck sized holes in the timelines and historys of the marvel u characters. Why not just jump start a new spidey book without the preposterous deus ex machina mephisto move? Also i think this book only served to show how shallow peter and mary jane's relationship can be percieved when not in very skilled hands. I was suprised because Strazinsky has done such great work on spidey, he seemed to cheapen all the hard struggles pete and mj had been through in his work over the last few years. I just wish they could break up without the help of a demi-god. Spidey's appeal is that he is a flawed everyman nerd with powers. Let the guy get a divorce like half of the rest of the world!

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