LA loves Ollmann


David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic, writes the best review so far of Joe Ollmann’s Science Fiction:

“Joe Ollmann is my kind of graphic novelist, one who understands that the best (or truest) stories are the most open-ended, in which the drama is not epic but defined in the slow and often unresolved movements of the day-to-day.”

But wait, there’s more: “Without giving anything away, let’s just say that Ollmann is too smart, too adept a storyteller, to take the easy way out. Instead, “Science Fiction” becomes a portrait of a relationship at the crossroads, at the very moment that its characters discover love may not be enough. Ollmann highlights this with the intimacy, even claustrophobia, of his drawings — small images, often in close-up, that emphasize the isolation of the characters from each other, and in some ways from themselves. But even more, it is the emotional honesty of this strange, entrancing story, which, starting with its unlikely (absurd?) conflict, manages to get at something essential about love.”


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