De: Tales - Stories from Urban Brazil
Written and Illustrated by FÃ¡bio Mason and Gabriel BÃ¡
Published by Dark Horse
Review by L’IndÃ©pendant
This is a wonderful little book from twin brothers from Brazil. Moon and BÃ¡ weave together short stories set in the streets of Brazil with striking imagery and clever writing. Each tells a different story, most starring different characters than the last, and each with a different intent and setting. Altogether, the reader feels like theyâ€™ve just witnessed a day in Brazil as some sort of bystander. Some stories are fantastic (note: operating on the root word â€œfantasyâ€), where Moon and BÃ¡ have put themselves in the story, or where a friend comes back from the dead for a party. Others explore relationships between two people, and can either be playful or mysterious, or a little of both.More…
The imagery in the story is amazing. There is a definite difference in the styles of the two brothers, and even from story to story. None of this gets in the way of their storytelling, as each style complements the story really well â€“ much like Teddy Kristiansenâ€™s various styles in â€œItâ€™s a Bird.â€ The brothers capture Brazil beautifully, and must have a love for their home country â€“ or if they hate it, itâ€™s too beautiful a country to render ugly.
Fans of Brian Woodâ€™s Demo or Local will love this. Fans of clever little love tales will also love this, as there are a few of those in this book. Iâ€™d love to take the opportunity to explore each story, but that would annoy me, and possibly you, because Iâ€™d end up spoiling it for you. I hope you read it and enjoy it.
Posted originally: 2006-07-05 02:53:33