Monday, December 16, 2013
Comic #11: Bayou Vol. 1
Info: Zuda, copyright 2009, 160 pages
A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): A story of hatred and love, history and legend, and inner strength that conquers.
South of the Mason-Dixon Line lies a strange land of gods and monsters; a world parallel to our own, born from centuries of slavery, civil war, and hate.
Lee Wagstaff is the daughter of a black sharecropper in the depression-era town of Charon, Mississippi. When Lily Westmoreland, her white playmate, is snatched by agents of an evil creature known as Bog, Lee's father is accused of kidnapping. Lee's only hope is to follow Lily's trail into this fantastic and frightening alternate world. Along the way she enlists the help of a benevolent, blues singing, swamp monster called Bayou. Together, Lee and Bayou trek across a hauntingly familiar Southern Neverland, confronting creatures both benign and malevolent, in an effort to rescue Lily and save Lee's father from being lynched.
Not sure how I came across Bayou. I'm sure it was on a list somewhere of must-read comics/graphic novels as it well should be. I've only tackled volume one, but I can tell it's going to be a loving relationship. The artwork is absolutely beautiful and the story lines meshes history with folklore in a creative, heartfelt way.
The history part is painful and frustrating, as it should be. A peak into a southern mentality, an American mentality, that was a foundation of hatred and bigotry is always hard, but author Jeremy Love inserts a hopefulness and courage into his characters that really brings the story to life.
Lovin' it, and I will definitely keep reading to see what happens to Lee and her new friends in the bayou.