This is one of my most anticipated releases of 2016. Magnetic Press has released some of my favorite graphic novels to date (Doom Boy, Naja, etc) and I had been eying the advertisements for Golem ever since they started appearing on social media about six months ago. ( or maybe it just feels like it's been that long?)
Lorenzo Ceccotti, also known as LRNZ, mixes Japanese art style with Western graphic design. This is the sort of feel and style I've come to love in artist Bengal, who I've spoken about at length. This is LRNZ's first full length graphic novel and it debut's TODAY from Magnetic Press.
The book centers around a young boy named Steno who can't sleep for all his nightmares. Yet his life becomes surreal when the connection between his dreams and reality is made in a catastrophic event. I really don't want to spoil anything so that's all I'm gonna say about that.. ;)
There's a real familiar feel to this book. Perhaps as an anime, manga junkie, the artwork appeals to me but standing back and looking at it there's a real science fiction familiarity to it that other modern dystopian stories lack. This reminds me more of Akira and Rock and Rule lol because of the panels specifically detailing the metropolis. It looks impressive but chaos hide in the alley ways.
My only real criticism is that there are some confusing words, made up devices and fake tech talk that often bothers me in science fiction stories. My brain kinda drifts off and detaches from the plot unfortunately. But luckily this isn't overwhelming in the book. It happens in little blurbs here and there to explain failing technology.. you know like how Star Trek blames everything on tachyons.
I really did enjoy the book and had to plow through it in one sitting just to find out how it ends. It's a page turner for certain (or scroller, if your a digital reader). This would make an awesome gift for any Akira lover out there. Check out the website: http://www.magnetic-press.com/golem/ and you can order directly from there! Also most of your local comic book stores do carry Magnetic Press books of course. If you are in Halifax, you can find Magnetic Press books at Strange Adventures. Peace!