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.
Read a PDF excerpt with 4 pages from each of 5 stories below (download 2.3 MB PDF). Read the first 5 pages of the title story at Robot 6.
“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
"What’s amazing is how much [Jason] can squeeze from so little. Though their emotional register usually falls
somewhere between disappointment and death, the stories make an eclectic bunch.... Sure, Jason’s following his muse down the wormiest of
rabbit holes these days, but you wouldn’t want him any less weird."
– Ian Chipman, Booklist