Sunday, February 25, 2007

Graphic Novel A Day: Journey Into Mohawk Country

Writer: Van Den Bogaert
Artist: George O'Connor
Company: First Second Books
Price: $17.95

An unusual graphic novel, Journey Into Mohawk Country is a graphic narrative based on the words of a real Dutch explorer who traveled into what would eventually be New York state in the early part of the 15th century. Den Bogaert's prose is a little overly florid and, oddly, kind of dry at the same time, and so the narrative text didn't really grip me as I would have liked, but O'Connor's art (with Hilary Sycamore's colors) certainly did. Recalling the work of Mark Oakley on Thieves & Kings, O'Connor's visuals provide the stirring, imaginative imagery that Den Bogaert's words don't. The result is a graphic novel that is not an entirely gripping read, but is an entirely satisfying visual performance.

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