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Athos in America
Another all-original collection of full-color graphic novellas in the format of
Low Moon, Athos in America takes its title from the lead story, a prequel of sorts
to the graphic novel The Last Musketeer, in which the seemingly ageless swashbuckler
turns up in a bar in 1920 New York and relates the tale of how he went
to Hollywood to play himself in a film version of The Three Musketeers. Another
tie-in with a previous Jason story occurs in “The Smiling Horse,” in which the
characters from the story “&” in Low Moon attempt to kidnap a woman.
Also in this volume: “The Brain That Wouldn’t Virginia Woolf,” a mashup
of The Brain That Wouldn’t Die and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, told in
reverse chronological order; the Bukowski pastiche “A Cat From Heaven” in
which Jason works on his comic, has a reading in a comic book store, gets
drunk and makes a fool of himself; the dialogue-free (all the text occurs in
thought balloons) “Tom Waits on the Moon,” in which we follow four people (one of them a scientist working on a
teleportation machine) until something goes wrong; and “So Long Mary Ann,” a prison-escape love-triangle story.
The acclaimed graphic novelist Jason returns with his most eagerly awaited book yet, thanks to the inclusion of the title story, the world’s first (and likely last) chess western, originally serialized in 2008 in the New York Times Sunday Magazine “Funny Pages” section.
This 216-page hardcover book features five yarns — all brand new with the exception of the aforementioned “Low Moon,” which is collected into book form for the first time.
The new stories lead off with “Emily Says Hello,” a typically deadpan Jason tale of murder, revenge and sexual domination. Then, the wordless “&” tells two tales at once: one about a skinny guy trying to steal enough money to save his ill mother, and the other about a fat guy murderously trying to woo his true love. The reason we follow these two parallel stories becomes obvious only on the very last page, in Jason’s inimitable genre-mashing style.
“Early Film Noir” can best be described as The Postman Always Rings Twice meets Groundhog Day. But starring cavemen. And finally, “You Are Here” features alien kidnappings, space travel, and the pain and confusion of family ties, culminating in an enigmatic finale that rivals Jason’s greatest twists.
Funny, poignant, and wry, Low Moon shows one of the world’s most acclaimed graphic novelists at the absolute peak of his powers.
Praise for Jason:
“When I read Jason for the first time, I was just as excited and devastated
as the first time I read the poems of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman.
Jason’s work is poetry.” — Sherman Alexie
“One of the medium’s finest storytellers.” — Publishers Weekly
“Although Jason’s art is attractive... it’s his grasp of sociopathy that stays
with you. Jason is a master of frisson.” — Boston Sunday Globe
“The graphic novel’s cinematic qualities have rarely been so well wielded as
they are by the artist known only as Jason.” — Bookslut