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04/11/2005 Archived Entry: "Comic review: Lullaby, vol 1"

by Hector Sevilla
Publisher: Image Comics

Review by Tom Good

If you know nothing about Lullaby, you are in luck, and I will not be telling you much about it, either. Let me explain. Every once in a while a story comes along that is best experienced without any prior knowledge of what it is about, and Lullaby is one of these. Obviously this presents some challenges to a reviewer. Normally I do reveal some plot elements of the comics I review, as long as I think it will not diminish the enjoyment of the book. With Lullaby, trust me on two counts: first, this is a comic you should read, and second, it is so much fun to see the story gradually unfold page by page that I cannot spoil any of it. This is not due to some shocking twist at the end as in The Sixth Sense, but because every bit of it adds a new piece to the puzzle, a puzzle that is still far from complete at the end of issue 1.

This comic features gorgeous art full of saturated colors, smooth lines, and a magical atmosphere where everything seems to gently glow. And if there were an award for Best Costumes in a comic, this might win. In general, Lullaby starts with some seemingly familiar elements, and then does a brilliant job of making them new and mysterious. It is, I suppose, a type of "alternate universe" story. But writing this review is like struggling not to tell a friend about a surprise birthday party. So please, just show up for the party: read Lullaby.

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