NEW RELEASE Review: The Problem of Susan and Other Stories

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“Two stories and two poems. All wondrous and imaginative about the tales we tell and experience. Where the incarnations of the months of the year sit around a campfire sharing stories, where an older college professor recounts a Narnian childhood, where the apocalypse unfolds, and where the importance of generational storytelling is seen through the Goldilocks fairytale. These four comic adaptations have something for everyone and are a must for Gaiman fans!” — The official blurb for Gaiman’s The Problem of Susan and Other Stories. The press release says it best; these stories are rich in plot and action. The book itself is impossible to ignore on the shelves, as the bright artwork pulls a reader in instantly. 

Creepy but in a didactic way, Neal Gaiman’s voice haunts both my dreams and childhood memories. The man does it all: novels, films, comics. His newest release is more of the same fabulousness that has driven his long-respected career. He’s teamed up with Eisner-Award winning artist P. Craig Russell, Scott Hampton, and Paul Chadwick to create a gorgeous fantasy graphic novel anthologizing four of Gaiman’s shorter works. 

The art is fantastical and welcoming. The stories, while holding onto Gaiman’s trademark spine-chilling quality, are entrancing. I was delighted to learn that the titular Susan refers to the young heroine of the Narnia chronicles. There’s a nostalgic element to how Gaiman’s work harkens back to childhood classics. I feel like these stories have grown with me through the years. The comic format is, in my opinion, the best way to make his short works pop with color and life. Add to your shelf dedicated to Gaiman’s fast-growing collection and order today!


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