Comic Book Review: Porcelain – A Gothic Fairy Tale
To take a break from the long winded series I have been reading lately, I had a friend recommend me something new. Sometimes you just need a solid stand-alone graphic novel in your life. My friends must know my taste very well because Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale suits me well.
Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale is a single volume graphic novel by Benjamin Read and Chis Wildgoose; published by Improper Books.
This is the story of a young urchin girl who climbs sneaks onto the property of the Porcelain Maker; a “wizard” who can bring porcelain figures to life. When she ends up living with the reclusive wizard all seems too good to be true at first. She later learns the secrets behind how these beautiful porcelain creatures are brought to life are darker than she could ever have imagined.
For those out there who enjoy classic fairy tales, not the Disney versions but the real Brother’s Grimm style stories of harsh life lessons, then this book comes highly recommended. This is not a happy ended sort of fairy tale. The third act gets seriously grim, no pun intended. I will try to keep this review spoiler free, so if you want to find out exact what I am talking about then you are just going to have to read it for yourself.
I also just have to give two thumbs up for the art style. There is a high level of detail and attention paid to the backgrounds. When a book claims to be a “Gothic” fairy tale I expect some Gothic style art, and in that aspect this book is spot on. The designs of the porcelain figures are wonderful. It makes me tempted to see if I could cast some miniature versions of my own.
Do I recommend this book? Most definitely. Go read it. Now.
Up next on Comic Book Reviews: Colder by Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra.