|Linked from West Coast Reader|
Just don't let any of this get in the way of your picking up Red, because it's a very, very special book.
Does it mean anything to summarize the plot? To say that orphaned young Red comes to lead his people, that many years later he seeks revenge for the abduction of his sister, and that in stories, revenge is inseparable from tragedy?
Does it achieve anything to describe the visuals? To comment on the sense of movement between panels, the continuous overflowing of panel boundaries, the connections between pages into a single giant image, the overwhelming colours, the intersections between represented places and worlds?
Not every reader gets this book, and that's as it should be. It's a simple story with a significant moral component, rendered elliptically through remarkable imagery, and there are lots of prickly details here that'll turn off some readers. None of this means that it isn't remarkable.
Or you could just listen to Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas talk about Red. That's what I'm going to do.