02 February 2010

Last of the Books I Finished on My Snow Day

So the final book i finished Saturday was The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch by Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli. This one was a Christmas gift from B. It's a beautiful hardcover graphic novel.

I had actually read this as a short story before in one of Gaiman's collections but didn't realize it until about halfway through. The story starts as the end, as three friends are discussing what they should do about a fourth person's disappearance. We then travel back and hear how the fourth person, named Miss Finch by our narrator, departed. The three people get roped into entertaining Miss Finch, a bio-geologist, for an evening. Before going to get sushi, they head to an underground circus in London. It's more of a geek show, with various magic tricks and macabre acts. When the abrasive Miss Finch gets picked to have her heart's desire come true, things get even more strange.

The art was really lovely. Apparently Michael Zulli has drawn for Sandman and his work did look familiar. This one is a 6. I think a Sandman reread is in store for me in the next few weeks; i read a theory on EW about LOST (starting up tonight!) that linked back to the Sandman series.

3 comments:

  1. Ahhhh, I love Michael Zulli's art! He did the art for first arc in The Wake in Sandman. Graphic adaptations of Gaiman's short stories can be hit or miss for me, but I've always wanted to get this one just on the basis that it's Zulli art. Plus the plot sounds delightful, from what you've described of it. Must make this a renewed priority.

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  2. Thanks for pointing out which issues Zulli did in Sandman. I hadn't looked it up yet.

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  3. This is one of Gaiman's stories that I really enjoy. I am very fond of the Frazetta image that the story was based on and would love it if they put out a version someday that paired the image and the story.

    Zulli's art is really fantastic, he was a good choice for this.

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