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Read Mazebook

Read Mazebook by Jeff Lemire

A lonely building inspector still grieving the loss of his puzzle-loving daughter receives a mysterious phone call one night from a girl claiming it’s her and that she’s trapped in the middle of a labyrinth. Convinced that this child is contacting him from beyond this world, he uses an unfinished maze from one of her journals and a map of the city to trace an intricate path through a different plane of reality on an intense and melancholy adventure to bring his daughter back home.

I liked this, though not one of my favorite Lemire books. It was a slow start for me, and I’m not quite sure the end tied everything together quite right.

I thought the art worked really well for the tone of the story. I liked the use of sepia and color to emphasize emotion. I’m not sure the experimental panel layouts totally worked for me.

comic page from the early part of Mazebook, showing four panels, two with feet walking, one with a dejected portrait, another with a side view of the character entering his workplace
The linework on the faces is very emotive. I like the use of the repeating panel here. The sepia toning works well for the depressed character’s POV.

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