Italian comics auteur, Gipi's latest delivers a time-hopping tale that centers on the First World War. The somewhat ironically titled One Story is a graphic novel that "demonstrates how the choices our ancestors made dramatically affect generations to come" (sez US publisher, Fantagraphics). The US edition is an attractively printed – in both black & white pen & ink, , and full color watercolor – oversize hardcover volume, translated from the original Italian by Jaime Richards.
Fantagraphics describes the narrative and it's representation thusly: "Silvano Landi is a successful writer who, at the age of 50, sees his family leave him and his life fall apart. Landi's great-grandfather, Mauro, is an anxious soldier being fed to the maw of carnage in the First World War. Alternating between past and present, a psych ward and the bloody trenches, and told through complex clues — a lone gas station, an apathetic baroness, found love letters, and shifting from scratchy black-and-white to lush watercolors (sometimes on the same page), A Story documents the origins of pain that serve as the roots of a twisted family tree, and allows the reader to trace the branches."
John Sweven has penned a review on The Beat that will bring you up to speed, HERE.
And, there's a nice preview that is well worth checking out, hosted by the new online literary magazine for comics, Solrad, HERE!