Punk performer Lunch scripts a gothic tale set in the Louisiana Bayou. Dripping with warped Catholic imagery, this gory...

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Punk performer Lunch scripts a gothic tale set in the Louisiana Bayou. Dripping with warped Catholic imagery, this gory narrative follows the toxic birth of Onesia, an orphan whose body fluids destroy on contact. Her difference makes her a pariah, even among the river rats and hoboes. What saves this weirdly affected story from its adolescent angst is the superior artwork of McKeever, who relies on a palate of browns, with rough-edged, black slashes to flame his raw and violent panels. He incorporates photos and other bits of realism, and renders his wild women more in the style of Klimt than the pneumatic babes of comic book clichÆ’. A stronger script would have made this a one-shot classic, though it's still a step above the rest.

Pub Date: May 1, 1998

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 48

Publisher: "Vertigo/DC Comics (1700 Broadway, New York, NY 10019)"

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1998