Story and Art by: Marian Churchland
Review by: Brian Burchette
From the very first panel and Ms. Churchland’s beautiful and riveting picture of the teapot in the window, the steam billowing from it, you know instantly that you are about to be transferred into a unique world.
As the story progresses we are drawn into the world of Colette, an artist who is contacted by her agent to carve a statue from a very old and very special piece of stone. The house she goes to is beautifully drawn in its Midwestern feel as an abode that has seen better days. It towers over her in both a haunting and yet inviting way. As cliché as it sounds, from the moment she steps inside, her life is never the same again.
I’m not going to go much farther with this because I really hope you will give this graphic novel a chance. It is worth every penny. Rarely does a book come along that crawls deep into your subconscious and stays there; making you think about it days later, unable to release you. This is that kind of book.
Marian Churchland has come charging out of the gate with her first graphic novel; making this reader wonder if she could possibly be the descendant of both Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Bronte.
This is a gripping tale, friends. One that I promise when you read it, you’ll be pulled in by its haunting visuals and reality bending story. Even more than that, this book screams Eisner Nomination!
My Score: A-