Monday, December 3, 2012
SAILOR TWAIN by Mark Siegel. First Second, 2012.
A luxury boat travels down the Hudson River. Aboard, Sailor Twain, a would be writer, is in for a surprise when he finds a harpooned mermaid and pulls her to safety. As he nurses her back to health, he falls under her siren spell. Mythology blends effortlessly with history and mechanics as Twain explores how the mermaid came to be harpooned. Done entirely in charcoal illustrations that evoke both the time and mood and thin veil of mystery that shades all that occurs in the graphic novel, Siegel's story is as entrancing as the song of the siren. <631>