There is no better artist to put side by side with Brecht Evens than Lorenzo Mattotti. While Fantagraphics has been busy bringing US readers up to speed with Mattotti's neglected (here) black and white ink work, with The Crackle of Frost, they unleash a blast of what he is best known for: color. Mattotti has long led the charge for drawing comics with color as well as with line. He has carried the banner for a sensual comics with his masterful pastels that make color an equal partner with line in constituting space and realizing character in thirty years worth of work that is simultaneously wildly expressionistic and boldly fauvist, reflecting the psychological themes that the narratives address; never more so than in this tale by Zentner, which is one of a mid-life crisis search for love and meaning and the protagonist's search for a path that intersects with his present cicumstances and will connect his past with his future. There is no one like Mattotti, and the US publication of this 120 page hardcover is a cause for celebration. Jump right in with this PDF preview.
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