The strange world of Rice Boy

rice boyI’ve been completely blown away by rice boy by Evan Dahm. This has to be one of the most interesting and touching comics I’ve read in a while. it reminds me of Bone in solely in the sense of its creativity and originality. The distinctive visual design is seemingly simple but this belies a technical complexity and attention to detail that is applied with an understated and elegant touch.
The first thing that draws you into this title are the characters that are immediately compelling and have a depth to them which is communicated swiftly but without losing any of their mystery. The-One- Electronic is a particular favourite with flashes of black and white cinema stars flickering across his mirrored visage to serve as his expressions. But all of these characters command the page with there presence from the simple minded Gerund to the sinister assassin Golgo. They all have their own unique visual signature and quirks of character that make them compelling.
As if this wasn’t enough the world that Dahm created is fascinating and offbeat. The xenophobic frog theocracy of Spatch I should be ludicrous but instead it makes perfect sense. This is a fantasy world that creates a sense of wonder and excitement that I haven’t really felt since I was a child.

From the moment his and Cal’s enigmatic quest to choose a candidate to fulfil a prophecy was hinted at I was completely hooked. This is all before the eponymous hero has even graced a single panel.

This is a story that has interesting layers and depth that deserves greater investigation but it it is our hero rice boy that is the true heart of this peace and his childlike innocence touches the reader as does his suffering. I would challenge the most hard-bitten of you to read this and not worry about Rice Boy as he is lost in lonely land.

This is one of the most elegant and touching titles I’ve had the privilege to read and I’d urge everyone to read it as it is truly a hidden gem.

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