Daily Graphic Novel Recommendation 30

Russian Olive To Red King

by Kathryn Immonen and Stuart Immonen
Genre notes: ghost story, loss
176 pages
ISBN: 1935233343 (Amazon)

In Russian Olive To Red King, we have this magnificent admixture of craft, colour, tone, and experiment that helps nudge the seams of the comics package in exciting ways. It's not perfect and I have quibbles, but it really is lovely and tells a haunted, compelling story. Stuart Immonen's illustration here is some of the best of his I've ever seen and the colouring is at all points perfect.

It's a curious book. Part ghost story, part love story, part essay about an elephant. It's experimentalist and it makes you work for its value, but it's very well done and strikingly gorgeous - and I always like to see the Immonens working together on books.

In the crazy subjective very personal way Top Whatever lists always work themselves out, I ranked it as the best comic of 2015.

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