ePub ´ mobi A Treasure of Victorian Murder Compendium 1 ñ 9781681121383

eBook ´ A Treasure of Victorian Murder Compendium 1 ¶ Rick Geary

An engrossing illustrated journey into true crime classics of the Victorian era this omnibus volume contains three works in Rick Geary’s Well this is an interesting book Geary has made a career for the last few decades out of doing mostly non fiction comics often dealing with notorious crimes and this compendium collects several of his early efforts including fairly substantial comics about Jack the Ripper the assassination of President Garfield and about H H Holmes these latter two only nominally Victorian as though they are nineteenth century stories they are not set in England as well as a few shorter pieces on somewhat less notorious figuresstories Geary's art style does not on the face of it seem suited to non fiction one might think what with its echoes of Gorey or perhaps Gahan Wilson in his often almost scrunchy looking images I sometimes look at a face and think cabbage patch kid his art seems stylized cartoony and self conscious than one would expect in fact based work However despite the almost cartoony style Geary does render very clearly recognizeable different people and he pays considerable attention to detail even down to often providing maps and diagrams Experts on the history might be able to spot anachronisms or errors but to my untutored eye he seems to capture his milieu very well The stories are generally narrated in the third peron with few word balloons some stories have none at all and generally in a restrained almost dry tone at odds with the sensational material the occasional unnecessary exclamation point or evidently self consciously purple ish passage notwithstanding It's almost like true gothic not as in genuine gothic but as in true stories told in a sort of gothic style in its mix of the factual and veriiable and the stylized and unknowable And it mostly works perhaps best in the Garfield story perhaps least effectively in the Jack the Ripper story Geary claims that this latter one is adapted from an anonymous diary kept by someone living in London at the time who followed the case avidly; it is narrated supposedly in this figure's voice I find it unconvincing At least some bits seem exceedingly unlikely for a contemporary of the crimes to have known or at any rate to have said even in a private diary And Geary does not provide explicit information aobut this source though here and generally he otherwise provides considerable information about his sources The umproblematically fact based ones work better in my opinion Nevertheless this is a fascinating collection of a relatively uncommon comics sub genre And Geary really does have an excellent command of the formal properties of comics Pages are for the most part expertly designed and easy to read though the book size and the font at times do render the text a tad difficult to decipher Recommended to crime fans comics fans non fiction fans and all possible combinations thereof

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A Treasure of Victorian Murder Compendium 1Increasingly storied treasuries of murder Jack the Ripper The Beast of Chicago and The Fatal Bullet These carefully researched presentat Although I have read a majority of the stories contained on this compendium in other books because of Rick's narrative voice and art I enjoyed reading them again Also I enjoyed reading the new stories that were not familiar Rick's approach and art style is meticulously detailed His art complements the time period that he is presenting I think if I had one criticism it is the lettering occasionally bunches together because the font is naturally a bit thick so at times it is difficult to read the text That issue aside I was glad I picked this volume up and I cannot wait to procure another Geary book in the future

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ePub ´ mobi A Treasure of Victorian Murder Compendium 1 ñ 9781681121383 å An engrossing illustrated journey into true crime classics of the Victorian era this omnibus volume contains three works in Rick Geary’s increasingly storied treasuries of murder— Jack the Ripper The Beast of Chicago and Ions of true crime stories include a bibliography of research sources presenting true facts about famous murders in an entertaining fashio A must read for those of us with an interest in the intersection of graphic novels and true crime which isn't a huge pool to draw from Geary's art is interesting though and at it's best it feels like original source material from contemporary press coverage The Jack the Ripper and HH Holmes stories are the best of this collection