Recently, I had to put a comic in the freezer, for being too scary. And I'm a little ashamed to admit this, because I pride myself on being able to tolerate horrible films and books. Why is it, then, that a comic can reduce me to a shivering little bundle?
I thought it might be OK because I'd seen the film, and any horror in it was outweighed by the laughable acting of Heather Graham.
Yes, I had to put From Hell down for being too ghastly. I wasn't even at a particularly good bit. The page I closed it on was not especially horrid. It might be because the sooty, dirty artwork eventually began to grow too heavy for bed time. It could be because of the unsettling nature of the story itself. It's my favourite Alan Moore so far, a beautiful portrait of the structure of London, and of the anatomy of a time of woman killers. But I couldn't bring myself to enjoy it. One day, my wife took it from my hands, and I watched while she put it in the freezer for me. Better? she said, sarcastically. Yes, yes, it was.
Palestine, by Joe Sacco, also lives in the freezer. I'm considering letting it out and continuing, but I still remember the page that made me do it, and I know that it will still be there when I open it.
Am I alone? Do you have a graphic novel in the freezer? Is a scary comic scarier than a scary film?
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