Wednesday, November 21, 2012

J.M DeMatteis Brooklyn Dreams

In the late 80s, when I was 16 or 17 - cannot remember actually- I read one of the best comics ever written, in my opinion of course: Moonshadow, written by the extraordinary author J.M DeMatteis, which also wrote many of my favorite Super Hero comics in his partnership with Keith Giffen and their monumental Justice League.

Moonshadow is a story about a kid and his transcendence to a man or a story of awakening. In 1994 J.M DeMatteis wrote "Brooklyn Dreams" that deals with the same subject but with more personal flavor: it is a story of his 17-18 years, told by the main character a few years older.

Please read this review here posted in the Amazon web site. This review is so good and real that it would still be  completely decent and honest even if written by the author him self.

5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of humor, spirit & autobiography!, June 5, 2003
By  William Timothy Lukeman - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Brooklyn Dreams (Paperback)
J. M. DeMatteis' wonderful series about being a confused, angry, yearning teenager in the late 60s is finally available in one volume, and it's long overdue! Anyone who came of age in those years will recognize the emotions & situations, sometimes all too closely & accurately for comfort. And if it did nothing more than recall those times, as it does in such perfect & incisive detail, the story would be a thorough success.
But as the narrator reminds us, "This is a story about God."
The voice of an adult Carl Vincent (or Vincent Carl) Santini -- don't worry, that's all explained -- provides the running commentary as we observe & enter into the troubled, searching life of our young protagonist, struggling to express himself, struggling to understand himself & the Universe, searching for Something long before he's consciously aware of it.
DeMatteis' prose is deceptively casual & easy-going, drawing the reader in as a confidante, but it's also insightful & honest. He cares passionately about the story he's sharing with us & that passion comes through. At the same time, his sense of humor prevents his story from ever becoming pretentious.
The powerful artwork of Glenn Barr brings this story to vivid life, changing to suit the tones of the story, ranging from cartoony to photo-realistic, often in the same panel. You'll pause & linger over many a page for the illustrations as much as for the words.
Quite a few writers are mentioned in the course of this story, all the usual suspects on the Road to Self-Discovery & Meaning -- Hesse, Huxley, Dostoyevsky, etc. Add DeMatteis to their company & get a copy of this superb book. I can't recommend it highly enough!

If the above text did not convince you to grab a copy of Brooklyn Dreams, well, check this picture:

It is my amazing copy of this book.

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