Page 45 Review by Stephen
A second swoonaway cover!
I love how the ripple-free, smooth and flat blue shapes of the river and the lakes its feeds into cut into the ruggedly and vertically textured geological giants. So subtle, but clever!
'Local Businesses' returns from KATZINE ISSUE ONE with affectionate amusement at misspelled signage and it's this interest in language which will form the 'Love' half of this outing's 'Fear' and 'Love' duo (secret: I share exactly the same fear!).
This issue eleven whole pages are dedicated to Katriona's travels, this time in the jungles of Costa Rica during 2005 - offset by the context of where she has lived a more sedentary life - and it benefits enormously from the space as well as her exceptional talent for flora and fauna. The monkeys and lizards are lovingly drawn but the horses and horse heads, shown at almost every conceivable angle, are immaculate. It's a geographical and spiritual journey deep into the wilderness kicked off with the following thought:
"I think the banana skin was when things started to shift."
With an intro like that how could you not read the rest?
As you can tell from the cover, Chapman is also adept at embedding her figures firmly within their surroundings. And as you may gather from their regular features, she's a plant lover too, which stands her in very good stead for a super-dense jungle and its flamboyant leaves lit up in the foreground then left to be swallowed by darkness beyond.
Her pièce de resistance comes at the climax reprising the cover - albeit at a very different locale - which could not be a more striking contrast: a single, middle-tier, double-page panorama panning 360 degrees high atop ancient ruins overlooking the canopy of trees, encompassing four separate shots of Katriona herself rotated at 90 degrees.
You really do need to see this for yourself.