Daily Graphic Novel Recommendation 101


by Brecht Evans
Genre notes: childhood, imagination, horror
120 pages
ISBN: 1770462260 (Amazon)

Panther is a weird sort of recommendation because I'm not sure I actually liked it much. It's dark and a little abstruse (abstruse enough that I've read a lot of people misinterpret Panther to be a twisted representation of a sexually abusive father—which is not a spoiler because it's not a very well-proposed interpretation despite being very common). It's hard to know what exactly happened unless you're willing to just take everything literally. And that Panther's dialogue is all in green cursive makes it actually annoying to read, because cursive is actually annoying to read.

On the other hand, it's fiercely imaginative and beautifully drawn. Brecht's art is lush and fascinating. Panther changes his clothing and form in every panel as he engages in wordplay and play play with Christine. The book seems ripe for thoughtful interpretation (though I'm not certain Evans actually gives us enough hooks by which we might come to realistically grasp what's going on).

Panther is a book to be taken in and considered. Even if you don't end up enjoying it (it made me uncomfortable, rightly).

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