Murder Mysteries Author:Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell venture into the world of myth and angels in this new edition of their noir-fantasy tale. Constructing and maintaining all of heaven and earth is an immense task, which God has divided up amongst the various ranks and stations of angels. As with any huge effort, there are bound to be casualties. Lights is shed on... more » the lords behind creation as one lonely man in Los Angeles hears the story of one particular unspeakable crime: a murder in Paradise.« less
A wonderful graphic-novel version of the Neil Gaiman short story. A young English man in Los Angeles meets an old homeless man who tells him a story about heaven and angels, love and the first murder in the history of the universe. Magical!
**I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
This was a Meh all round. It's the first time I've ever been less then impressed with a product carrying Neil Gaiman's name.
When it comes to graphic novels, I don't mind a bad story too much if the artwork is outstanding, or vice versa. This title fell short on both. I didn't feel one way or the other about any of the characters. Not one of them had any personality trait to make them individuals. This was one of the big fails in the story for me. If everyone is a cardboard cut out, why should I care what happened to them? Each Angel is given one Function. Their Function is the only thing that really differentiates one Angel from another. A few do finally show a little individualism at the end, but it was too little too late. I will say I was pleasantly surprised when the murderer was named. It did manage to completely catch me off guard.
The artwork was less was less then impressive. I didn't find the characters designs or settings to be very pleasing to look at. The colors used for the Los Angeles and Hall scenes were beautiful. Most the other Heaven backgrounds were either flat pastel, or pastel fading to white.
At the end of the copy I read, there is an amazing Behind the Scenes section I would highly recommend reading. This was a lot more engaging then the book itself and I genuinely enjoyed it