GRAPHIC NOVELS

Tumult

Michael Kennedy (illus.). ComicArts: Abrams. Sept. 2018. 176p. ISBN 9781910593486. $25.99. GRAPHIC NOVELS
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An English commercial director becomes infatuated with a woman named Morgan after a one-night stand and obsessed with parsing the mystery of her life after their second meeting, when she claims to go by a different name and has no memory of the two of them ever being introduced. Does Morgan suffer from a dissociative personality disorder, or is she hiding something? Who is Morgan's mysterious stalker? Do his bold claims of involvement in a secret government program to build the perfect assassin hold the key to her past? Is that why everyone she meets ends up murdered? Dunning (Salem Brownstone) crafts a dark yet surprisingly playful thriller owing much to Alfred Hitchcock, complemented by vivid, thoroughly cinematic illustrations from Kennedy (Spiritus).
VERDICT Fascinatingly straddles the line between classic noir and art house, as Kennedy's striking art and Dunning's penchant for bizarre digressions into deeper meaning and themes behind classic 1980s films combine for original and rewarding storytelling.

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