#2: Asterios Polyp
Submitted by CalamityJon on December 1, 2009 - 17:12
Pantheon Books (David Mazzuchelli) 2009
Itâ€™s always surprised me that Mazzuchelliâ€™s name is so rarely mentioned - if ever - in the same breath as Chris Ware or Dan Clowes, although that arguably has as much to do with properties as anything; Clowes has Eightball and its wealth of movie material, Ware has Acme Novelty Library and its recurring characters, while â€“ an excellent body of work aside, Mazzuchelli had the experimental and generally under-the-radar Rubber Blanket.
Asterios Polyp â€“ adeptly laid out, vibrant, complex, and (much like James Joyceâ€™s Ulysses) one of those books which teaches the reader how to read it as they go - is very likely the book which will change Mazzuchelliâ€™s fortunes. Very far removed in style from the journeyman work of his younger days and distinctly his own voice (unlike the excellent 1994 adaptation of Paul Austerâ€™s book City of Glass, probably Mazzuchelliâ€™s best known work since Batman:Year One or Daredevil: Born Again but, while a clever adaptation, an adaptation under another writer), itâ€™s distinctly a series of visual and structural signatures which are among the most stirring in modern comics.