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Mighty Star And The Castle Of The Cancatervater


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A. Degen

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Page 45 Review by Jonathan

"Cancatervate" - to heap into a pile.

One of the strangest works I've read in a while, this. Which in a week I also read BY THIS SHALL YOU KNOW HIM by Jesse Jacobs probably gives that statement some additional gravitas and perhaps some mild disbelief...

For whilst this is in essence simply a superhero tale, telling the story of the caped Mighty Star and his epic takedown of the dastardly Cancatervater, it's considerably more than that. Oh yes...

It is like A. Degen has cancatervated - hey, you learn a new word as bonkers as that, you need to use it - superheroes, a dash of manga, silent 1930s Flash Gordon serials, ontology and various other incongruous ingredients, then smashed it all together with a Hadron Collider in hallucinatory, disorientating fashion. The results are not only spectacular but esoteric to say the least. This is not your typical superhero book...

It's certainly not a straightforward read either to penetrate this somewhat off-kilter stylistic approach, but it bears dividends if you're prepared to stick with it. I think in that sense it all minds me somewhat of the sort of material Antoine SHOWTIME Cosse makes. To start with you are continually straining to try and maintain a coherent sense of the whole, before you're just sucked into the flow and have to roll with it, being mentally buffeted from panel to panel.

It's mostly wordless, which I think in this instance is probably a good thing. There's more than enough going on here without complicating matters further. Instead, the absence of verbal narrative allows your mind to ping around the evolving constellation of chaos and form your own internal construction of what is probably going on.

The style of artwork I can only describe as flamboyantly discordant yet abstractly coherent. In other words, it's all over the place but it looks bloody great!

Why not test your sensibilities and cancatervate this into your (reading) pile?

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