Sunday, 28 July 2013

A Matter of Life Graphic Novel Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By Jeffrey Brown
Art and Cover By Jeffrey Brown

Published By Top Shelf Productions

Comedy, Drama


After the acclaimed indie film Save the Date and the bestselling all-ages humor bookDarth Vader and Son, graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy, Unlikely) returns to the autobiographical work that first made his reputation.

In A Matter of Life, Jeffrey Brown draws upon memories of three generations of Brown men: himself, his minister father, and his preschooler son Oscar. Weaving through time, passing through the quiet suburbs and colorful cities of the midwest, their stories slowly assemble into a kaleidoscopic answer to the big questions: matters of life and death, family and faith, and the search for something beyond oneself.


I've always been a fan of indie comics and of artists such as Rachael Smith and Daniel Clowes so I was really eager to get my hands on to this one because I've head some great things about Jeffrey Brown. I have to admit this one didn't disappoint.

Reading the synopsis, you might not think the story would be entertaining and that it might be a bit heavy handed yet that's beyond the case here.

The story is handled with a gentle but incredibly witty hand and at the same time, manages to be touching and heartfelt. The humour has a definite Rachael Smith feel to it and that's a really good thing. It comes across as very true to life and very personal. It felt kind of like you were sat talking to Brown about his life instead of reading a graphic novel instead.

Art wise, it has a cartoon style to proceedings yet it works so well with the story that you couldn't imagine it having been done in any other style. The art style really brings out the humour in the story as well thanks to the wonderful facial expressions drawn here.

If you love heartfelt, touching stories with an easy going writing style then you are most definitely in for a treat with this release by Jeffrey Brown. If you want a 'balls to the wall' action packed story then you are out of luck.

Story 4/5
Art 4/5
Overall 8/10

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