Review: Low Moon

For the first time Fantagraphics has released a hardcover collection of Jason’s comics, and it’s a gorgeous book.  Low Moon contains five stories that make for an excellent introduction to Jason’s deadpan world.  None of the five quite match the quality of his best works, but they do come damn close.

The first story, Emily Says Hello, chronicles an unusual arrangement between a lovestruck assassin and his client.  It’s also the one dud of the bunch.  Fortunately Jason quickly recovers with the absurdist title story, a chess western of all things (chess replaces gunfighting).  The largely silent ‘&’ tells the story of two people forced into crime out of love, and comes the closest to Jason’s early comics.  Proto Film Noir is a nice burst of black humor, that works despite the fact that it solely exists to set up a punchline.  And the best of the bunch is You Are Here in which a father alienates his son by searching obsessing over his missing wife (who was abducted by aliens).

Low Moon makes an incredible showcase for Jason, and thus ought to be put in the hands of anyone who hasn’t encountered his work before.

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