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The Goddess of War 

Lauren Weinstein

The Goddess of War
Lauren Weinstein
(Picturebox inc.)
The goddess of war gets sick of her job, takes a personal day and broods about the past while getting drunk on the blood of sacrificed virgins in this graphic novel. American comics artist Weinstein deserves more recognition than she's received with her two previous books, and perhaps with her first full-length story, she'll get it. Weinstein's sense of humour is sharp and her clumsy, pulpy drawing style befits the raw energy of the story. She revels in political incorrectness but gets away with it, covering the goddess's memories of 20th-century wars and a secret romance with an Apache chief, not to forget the blood of those Mayan virgins. Weinstein makes it easy to relate to the goddess' malaise: What a terrible time this is to be a goddess of war! There are hints of Alan Moore's Promethea series and Chester Brown's Louis Riel, and fans of either should find their attention held. A printmaker in addition to cartoonist, Weinstein has included several plates of her intaglio prints, but these feel unnecessary: The murky printing doesn't match the crisp lines of her comics, and they're not especially exciting as prints. Unfortunately, at a weird 10" by 15", this is the most awkwardly sized book I've ever owned, which is liable to pose some distribution issues.
--Laura Kenins
type: graphic novel

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