Managed to borrow a copy of David Mazzucchelli’s newest graphic novel Asterios Polyp and gave it a read. I thought it was marvelous. As with most of Mazzucchelli’s later work starting with Rubber Blanket, it demands quite a bit from the reader putting things together in his mind to complete the experience. Mazzucchelli doesn’t spoon feed you. He asks you to think about it and when you do, you enjoy the experience a whole lot better.
I was totally loving the story, engrossed in the main character, Asterios Polyp, and how his life unfolds, but it ends on a strange, surprising, even frustrating note. I’m going… what the fuck? It ends with a Manix Abrera-type ending which suits a Manix Abrera type of story (like the ones he created for his newest book “12″, [review pending]), but I’m not completely sure yet if it suits a Mazzucchelli-type story. It’s a twist ending that’s not really a twist but rather just frustrating. I can’t help but think it trivializes the first 99% of the book.
In spite of that, it’s a wonderful read. I loved it.
I’ll ponder this as I work today. Perhaps I’ll write more about it later. Anyone else read it? What did you think?
I’m still buying a copy of this of course. I’ve already ordered it from Sputnik! and I can’t wait to have my own copy.