Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem (Dark Horse)


Rating: 4.5/5 – A Simple Story Beautifully Told.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Will Hessling.

This is a collection of the recent 3 issue mini-series. It’s an amazing book, but if you’re looking for twists and turns look elsewhere. The story is straightforward and the art only makes it all the more elegant in its simplicity. The book itself is beautifully put together, a great addition to any shelf.

The simplicity makes the narrative highly effective. We the readers know as much as the characters what will, and must, happen.  That allows us to wholeheartedly share the central themes of bleak certainty, hope and determination. The story is by Steve Niles and Matt Santoro, beautifully illustrated by Dave Wachter. I generally prefer color to B&W, but every panel here is one I’d love to hang in my house. I’m also a huge fan of these oversized books (another recent example being Dark Horse’s “The Fifth Beatle”), it makes the art feel so much more alive, enticing, and visually appealing.

This is an amazing book for all ages, I think it would be impossible to not appreciate the art and the story’s straightforwardness allows readers to grab hold and dig in with ease. It’s hard to walk away from this book without thinking that sometimes, if our hearts are pure and with help, we can shape our destinies in defiance of the inevitable. All of our monuments to imagination will eventually crumble, but we can forever say that at least, for a brief time, we stood.

Reviewed by: Will Hessling
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