Saturday, March 08, 2003

Cages, by Dave McKean

Dave McKean is probably best known for his Sandman covers, and his other work with Neil Gaiman. As a storyteller on his own, however, he's more or less eluded recognition. Which is a damned shame, because Cages is great stuff. With art ranging from two-color line drawings to photography to mixed media to amazing abstract work, it's a visual feast, and with subject matter ranging from gods both personal and universal to life on the streets and ratatouille recipes, there's an enormous amount of stuff to take in here. At times McKean's philosophizing approaches the pedantic, but even at those times his art saves him. Wonderfully weird and totally unpredictable, this is a gorgeous addition to any graphic library.


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