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"Blue in Green" Graphic Novel Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics


Written by Ram V
Illustrated by Anand Rk
Colored by John Pearson
Lettered by Aditya Bidikar
2020, 160 Pages
Graphic novel released on October 28th, 2020


Music has a way of getting deep into you. It can cut right to your soul. In Erik Dieter's case, it has a pull to it, tugging and twisting around his life, always just escaping his grasp. That changes when his mother dies and he finds a photograph of a strange man in her belongings. This sets him down a path that changes everything he knows about this world...and the next.

The best word to describe Blue in Green would be “haunting.” Much of this is attributable to Anand Rk's unbelievable artwork. It has a way of wrapping itself around the story, engulfing every aspect of it. This is not a traditional looking comic. It has an eerie look to it, keeping you on edge for every page, even those that appear normal on the surface.

Rk really stretches the boundaries of the comic book medium with unique perspectives that will throw you off guard. Plus, the layouts are dynamic and intriguing, pulling you deeper into Dieter's life. It's this quality that makes the more horrific events all the more shocking. It's like you get lulled into this signature style, then the rug is pulled out from under you.

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John Pearson's color work is a perfect complement to this. The mood is set by the color palette, moving from quiet moments of grief to warm yellows of memories to fiery reds of demonic violence. It's like Pearson has a finger on the tension dial, turning it up and down for what a scene needs.

Music is as much a character in Blue in Green as Dieter is. It takes on a personality of its own and Rk and Pearson beautifully bring this out. There are moments where the music takes over the page, conveying all the emotions that went into a given song. We see them play out in images, pulling into the musician's past and showing all the aspects of their life that led to its creation.

Blue in Green is rather text heavy. Dieter narrates the bulk of the book. I was initially put off by this, but that feeling went away after a few pages. It helps that writer Ram V has presented such a compelling story. Little pieces of the mystery are dropped in to hook you as we go deeper and deeper into this spiral. Much of this comes through in the overall unsettling feeling of the book. You're always on edge, waiting for something else to pop out.

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Letterer Aditya Bidikar is a huge reason why the text is so enjoyable. The font used really stands out and has a great look. It's all presented in oddly-shaped word balloons with sharp angles. This adds to the overall unique feeling Blue in Green gives off. There really is nothing else like this.

Blue in Green will give you a deeper appreciation of music while also scaring you to your core. It's a fascinating look at grief and regret as this man prepares on the second half of his life. He looks back, seeing all the steps he didn't make and the things that could have been, finding something dark and sinister staring back at him. Blue in Green is proof positive that comics is more than just capes and tights. This is an unforgettable comic.


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Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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