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It opens with a scene of furtive, hurried sex, as the protagonist prepares for his first day of work at the post office, a prestigious position, apparently. But this astounding tale, by veteran screenwriter and journalist Opotowsky, belies its prosaic beginning. With well-drawn characters, naturalistic storytelling and cultural explorations, it's a stunner.
The book is a stunning piece of work. The story beautifully combines the wonder and beauty of Song's innocent outlook with the dark and brooding menace of a shadowy criminal underworld. Suffice to say it has depth, lots of drama, bucket-loads of charm, and comedy and tragedy in equal measure. His Dream of the Skyland is a beautiful book that looks set to become a classic.
Andy Shaw, Grovel.org
Hong Kong 1925: Song Lu has a new job in the dead letter office. Like a folktale hero, Song tries to solve puzzles and right wrongs. The full-color art creates a rich and mysterious world populated by sinister gangsters, generous prostitutes, tragic acrobats, and the curious inhabitants of the Walled City--people who don't exist because they have no papers. Verdict This intriguing combination of historical fiction and modern folktale explores the magic and corruption of colonial Hong Kong. Roll on, volumes two and three.
This complex series' second volume unfolds at a tantalizing pace. Many Kowloon children have been kidnapped over the years, and a mysterious. Song, a postal worker, investigates the kidnappings, while Benjamin, who was rescued from the docks of Calcutta by a Chinese brother and sister, desperately searches for the father who abandoned him. Meanwhile, Yubo's romance with a wealthy girl is a touching counterpoint to the foreboding tensions. Opotowsky and Hoffmeister's work seamlessly develops the plot and characters in words and art that can scarcely be teased from each other.
My pick is Nocturne by Anne Opotowsky and Angie Hoffmeister, the second in Anne's ambitious Walled City Trilogy after the first volume, His Dream Of Skyland. Published by Australia's Gestalt Comics, it's a massive, mesmerising 456-page collaboration.
Book 1 introduced young Hong Kong postal worker Lu Song plus the colorful habitués of a romanticized version of Kowloon’s Walled City, circa 1925. While continuing the narrative of the first volume, Nocturne can stand alone as a tale of corruption, murder, and desire. Gradually, as in a brilliant mosaic coming into focus, we see details of the child trafficking ring. Song and the locals, including a cheeky crime lord, manage to piece together clues and pin guilt on one of the major profiteers. Meanwhile, everyone struggles to survive—and, heartbreakingly, find love—under mercurial British rule. Writer/filmmaker Opotowsky effortlessly weaves over 20 complex characters together, while Düsseldorf illustrator Hoffmeister’s limpid gray wash–and–ink drawings render the cityscapes and people with dreamy, affectionate realism, highlighted in misty color. Breathtaking aerial views feature the hijinks of two clever acrobats who work clotheslines and trees like circus high wires to perform and assist the sleuths. VERDICT This beautiful and tragic saga is a feast for the eyes and intellect. Good for academic collections, ethnic/historical studies, and where literary graphic novels are popular. Nudity, sex, and mature content
Martha corneg. Library journal