Daily Graphic Novel Recommendation 114

Love In Vain: Robert Johnson 1911-1938

by J. M. Dupont and Mezzo
Genre notes: blues, biography
72 pages
ISBN: 0571328830 (Amazon)

There's a dark magic in this book. It's illustrations, black and white, evoke woodcuts. The story is sinister and bold and relates the life and music and story of Robert Johnson, that kid who may or may not have sold his soul to a traveling devil at the Crossroads of Here and There.

I don't know how many details are available to fill out the holes in Johnson's biography but in this case it doesn't really matter. The telling is sparse but man does this project sing. I'm really taken with it, far more so than I'd expected when I picked it up on a whim. Simply beautiful illustrations.

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