Page 45 Review by Stephen
Includes SON OF THE GUN, about which I wrote:
A freak child, born with a tail and abandoned in the ghettos of a South American city, is found by a gay transvestite dwarf who also happens to be a prostitute, and who dies while ramming the doors of a church in a cart full of dynamite. Not with, but in.
An outcast raised by an outcast and suckled by a dog in the slums: how southern is your gothic? Can it really grow any grimmer? Yes indeed, for one thing and one thing alone can turn this embittered brat's life around: the power of a gun.
From thereon in it's rape, gang warfare, political corruption, torture, attempted castration, initiation ceremonies and assassination, as Juan strives to rise to the top of the criminal cream, all executed with strong action sequences and moody-faced art.
If the colouring's a sickly spread of oranges, ochres and coffee-carmine, it only adds to the sensation of an exhausting heat in an unforgiving environment.
If you're feeling starved of Milo Manara, this one's for you.
Here's the publisher, about this collection / edition. "The Jodorowsky Library: a collection of deluxe matching volumes showcasing the iconic works of the legendary Alejandro Jodorowsky. While Jodorowsky is most renowned for his sci-fi and fantasy works, this second volume shows the full breadth of his creativity, bringing in readers of different genres. This volume collects two highly sought-after, out-of-print works: the modern-day spiritual western SON OF THE GUN (illustrated by Georges Bess) and the heart-wrenching tale of a mime in Nazi-occupied France, PIETROLINO (illustrated by Olivier Boiscommun)."