Review by Charity Wysong
Thanks to our friends at Magnetic Press we were given the opportunity to preview the first pages of the political/sci-fi graphic novel Golem by Italian artist Lorenzo Ceccotti—better known to the art and design community as LRNZ —and published in English by Magnetic Press.
In just these first 24 pages, LRNZ manages to give the reader a clear picture of the world the story is set in: a materialistic, capitalist, future Italy. Technology appears to be very important and in this preview reflects modern day with tech we both have, such as bluetooth-like technology (albeit in a much larger and advanced scale), and that is on the horizon, such as self-driving cars, making it easy for the reader to accept.
The story begins with the Italian president broadcasting a New Year’s message boasting of the country’s newfound prosperity, giving the reader the impression that the story will reveal something much darker very soon. Our main character is Steno, a young boy, who comes off as fairly typical—in his own world, a little playful, and unassuming—and also in some sort of immediate danger from a sudden terrorist operation.
The artwork is a cross between modern manga reminiscent of that of Death Note or Attack on Titan and western comics. The paneled pages thus far are dynamic and colorful. The full page artwork is deeply contrasted from that and is strikingly detailed and grim.
Golem carries much potential to be a captivating and unique story and personally, I look forward to reading much more of it.
Here is what others have had to say about this publication.
"It's not the story, or the art, or the art, or even the design that makes GOLEM a great book. It's the union of those things - the whole. LRNZ has crafted a perfect of pure entertainment."
- Jonathan Hickman (East of West, Secret Wars, The Avengers)
"GOLEM is a truly breathtaking work of unrivaled imagination and dark beauty. LRNZ is the future of comics.”
- Brenden Fletcher (Batgirl, Black Canary, Gotham Academy)
“LRNZ on Golem is a revelation. It’s an incredibly crafted comic, drawing upon all the best comics has to offer, and Lrnz’s imagination makes it uniquely its own.”
- Nick Dragotta (East of West, X-Statix, Fantastic Four)
Set in a future, post-Eurozone Italy, entrenched in a culture of hyper-capitalism, GOLEM follows young Steno Critone as he is kidnapped during a political protest gone sour. Taken in by the band of labeled “terrorists,” he learns that things are not as they seem in society, and that he has the power to not only change the city, but reality itself.
This intensely imaginative political-sci-fi graphic novel is a visual tour de force, created by contemporary design icon Lorenzo Ceccotti, better known as LRNZ, whose design-influenced illustration provides a lush, fluid backdrop of manga-like dynamism with the cinematic scope of western comics, creating a style that is wholly unique and absolutely breathtaking.
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