Kissing Chaos – Arthur Dela Cruz

Kissing Chaos 1This is a poetically lyrical book. Not in terms of language but of narrative. We follow three teenagers on the run and try and work out what they are running from. One of the characters never speaks, we just hear her internal monologue which is fanciful and no doubt deluded. Another character won’t shut up and could be equally deluded. The dialogue is fresh and snappy and really captures that youthful spirit.

The art is grey tones with a very loose style that conveys the carefree spirit of the book and its protagonists. The characters are lovingly drawn and beautiful to look at. You get a real sense of warmth and intimacy from them. A lot of thought has gone into the framing and composition and the abstract flashbacks are particularly well done. There are also some retouched photos for TV screens that work well.

All the answers aren’t revealed at the end leaving space for a sequel. You manage to put some of the pieces together, dodging the red herrings, but still have questions. The reward of this book is eavesdropping on the emotions of the characters however.

There are extras like creative process, gallery, an alternative scene and some bonus strips too.

This is everything small press was designed for.

Thumbs Up!

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