Daily Graphic Novel Recommendation 34

Beast

by Marian Churchland
Genre notes: faery tale, art
152 pages
ISBN: 1607061473 (Amazon)

Churchland's retelling of the faerytale is weird and spooky. It preserves the otherworldly unapproachability of the beast without ever sacrificing that danger for the handsome prince (Disney's greatest misstep in their version). The beast and his story remain creepy, sinister, and alluring throughout.

In this version of the story Collette, a low-tier artist (a sculptor with no prospects) is hired to sculpt from a luscious piece of marble the likeness of her benefactor. She is the belle and he is the beast and her surroundings are the opposite of enchanted.

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