Sunday, February 16, 2014
LUNA PARK isn’t a typical novel. It doesn’t follow a usual narrative structure of any sort. There are a lot of things that happen in the book that can be interpreted as visualizations of Alik’s drug-induced dreams or as illusions from his fractured psyche or perhaps they actually are events that happened to Alik. Making things even more confusing is that towards the last third of the book, things seem to take a turn towards the supernatural. The story has a shocking ending. However, the story never really builds to such a conclusion and instead spurts and sputters along the way. This unevenness taints the power of the final pages and leaves the majority of the novel feeling like a cold, damp mess.
Although the story is haphazard, the artwork of the novel is not. I found the illustrations (colored in various hues of red, greys, and blues) to be more powerful and meaningful than the actual “story” of LUNA PARK.
Overall, I found LUNA PARK to be an atypical, although confusing graphic novel. It’s a book more concerned with themes than story, but does have some brilliant illustrations.