January 29, 2006
DEMO is a collection of twelve powerful stories written by Brian Wood and illustrated by Becky Cloonan. As I read the stories, I felt the teens within could easily have lived in the next town over from the inhabitants of Charles Burns' Black Hole. Though the characters are placed in extraordinary (and sometimes unearthly) circumstances, their humanity shows through in both their dialogue and the crisp drawings. I picked up DEMO, and didn't put it down until I was finished, the stories were that fascinating.
My next book is McSweeney's Quarterly Concern Volume 18.