Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What a Wonderful World Vol. 1 - Review

An Album of Graphic Art

In Inio Asano's collection of vignettes called "What a Wonderful World," he explores the lives of people who have lost their way mentally in the hum drum of ordinary life. Often taking somewhat supernatural twists and turns, there's drama, sex, and humor for just about everyone.

Trying to pinpoint one or two stories from this collection, which plays like a mixtape you'd give to someone you wanted to cheer up (the chapters are called "tracks"), this graphic work shows that slice of life stories don't need to be boring just because it's about everyday life. For many people in their twenties who are unsure of what they should be doing to be happy, this book offers the simple answers that we often overlook when complicating things with social rules and hang ups.

The stories are all linked by people passing by or influencing other surrounding characters. Each chapter ends with one character passing or bumping into another one in a single panel, then following the other character on the next page in a similar panel. It's sort of like those movies in the 90's with a traveling camera at a party and all the guests that make up the main characters.

I recommend this book for anyone who likes comics that aren't about people bashing heads in. Though there are some very funny scenes involving moments like that. Also there's a guy in a bear costume with a gun.

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