Sugar Skull

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As far as I can tell, the main character, a druggie/rock star/porn star is having a dream about his son of whose existence he was unaware. The book is the third in the series, and this book is more on the man and less on his dream. The man is trying his best to get away from his past life of debauchery and make something of himself. When the book opens, he is doing fairly well. He has a good job, a loving girlfriend, and a roof over his head. But as the book drags on, the true state of his miserable life becomes apparent. In the dream world, the protagonist finds his love, but decides not to stay with her and instead returns to the desolate shell of his home.

This could be interesting – the dream world is a visual reflection of his psyche – but unfortunately the book only morbidly dwells on the protagonist’s failed romance. The representations were too obvious and trite. I think it was supposed to be clever but it actually just turned out to be flat and dirty. The book’s main draw is its shock value.

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Author Charles Burns
Star Count 2/5
Format Hard
Page Count 64 pages
Publisher Pantheon
Publish Date 16-Sep-2014
ISBN 9780307907905
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Issue October 2014
Category Sequential Art


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