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The Orc's Treasure based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is a beautiful fable about the transformative power of art. Anderson keeps himself well in the background by omitting thought bubbles entirely, excluding narrative boxes nearly as completely, and keeping dialogue to a minimum. This lets Nino's art take center stage while still providing the reader with those moments where telling (despite all the stereotypical advice to the contrary) is essential for the reader to understand what a character is thinking or feeling. I know quite well that the words on the page are far from all a writer does in comics--much closer to that modernist ten percent of the iceberg that's above water than most actual modernism gets--but given that there's no information about how the plotting etc. was done it keeps his role back grounded. The severely limited word-count here may tempt the reader to speed through the text, but that's exactly the wrong way to read this book. Easily as effective as those wordless or nearly wordless Chris VanAllsburg picture books, the incredibly rich illustrations are narratives in themselves and to limit your self to the dialog would be to forfeit three quarters of the story. No, to get everything this duo is offering the reader needs to move slowly through each nuance of illustration savor every perfect, minimalist written line. Nino provides all sorts of details that enrich every aspect of the narrative that will be missed by the casual or swift reader, and Anderson is at Haiku level simplicity here and every word counts. This is an amazing little gem of a book.