Thursday, 21 May 2015
Review: Lenore - Pink Bellies by Roman Dirge
Publisher: Titan Books
Format: Large hardcover
Released: March 3rd, 2015
Collecting together issues 8-11, this four-issue story arc slowly reveals Taxidermy's sinister past while pitching Lenore into a series of increasingly silly and ridiculous adventures, from avoiding the attentions of a Ghost Busting film crew while battling with a squid-bodied Lenore from another dimension, to giving a mayfly the best day of its short life.
Pink Bellies is my first foray into the world of Roman Dirge and Lenore, and it certainly won't be my last. The unusual, kooky artwork caught my eye immediately, followed by Dirge's wacky characters and I fell in love pretty much instantly. This is an adult graphic novel and contains adult content, but believe me, it's brilliant!
Lenore, I've now learned, is a cute living dead girl who hangs around in Nevermore with her odd friends Ragamuffin and Pooty and her weird neighbour Taxidermy. Pink Bellies tells the origin story of Taxidermy and also introduces new readers to Lenore's world and characters, which is great if, like me, you've never read any of this series before. It's a good starting point and really does make you want to read more!
Pink Bellies is dark and rather macabre, which I kind of expected from the cover art alone. It's all death and blood and darkly comic humour, which is right up my street - I love anything like that, particularly when it involves cute undead characters too. Dirge's artwork is amazing to look at and I really enjoyed reading his work - I can see why he's so popular!
Pink Bellies is my first introduction to Lenore and I already can't wait to read more of her stories. I don't often read graphic novels that make me laugh, but this one definitely did that and it's all down to Dirge's gothic humour found throughout Lenore's story. I can't wait to read more!