by Victor Hissenot
Release Date: June 9, 2015
What if we are merely shadows, our characters defined by a simple inflection of light? The realm of possibilities opens up, because in our world we are nothing but spectators.
The Spectators unfolds as a poetic and philosophical introspection on the nature of man. Victor Hussenot's palette is awash with subtle color, gently carrying the narrative and allowing the reader to envelop themselves in the lyricism of the work. Reminiscent of French New Wave cinema with its clipped dialogue, gentle pacing, and departure from a classic narrative structure, The Spectators is an exciting new graphic novel by a unique illustrator.
This may be my favorite graphic novel that I have every read from Nobrow. As the synopsis suggests, this is a philosophical masterpiece centering around the idea that we are only shadows looking in on life.
I don't think I have ever loved an art style as much as I loved the art in this book. It was done in watercolor, and the paintings almost brought me to tears due to their sheer beauty. Beyond just the aesthetics, this book was one of few words and many pictures (a picture is worth a thousand words).
There wasn't any plot to this book, and while I will often complain about that in other cases, I really appreciated it in this context. It may have been the idea of this story, or just me willing to accept anything about this book due to the beauty, but I really loved how this book was written.
This was one of those books that I will not soon be forgetting.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review, and honestly it would be more difficult to make a dishonest review than a truthful one.