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May 15, 2013 BOOKLIST
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It’s the kind of statement that never leads to good times: “I tell people I lost my arm in the War. Even my wife doesn’t know the truth.” So begins this well-oiled terror machine that combines the tightest of plots, the darkest of shadings, and a heaping handful of aw-hell-no scares. Twelve-year-old viola prodigy Jack hops a train from 1916 New York to Chicago to find his long-lost pop. What he finds instead is a best friend (or more?) named Samantha, who helps Jack scrounge up more dough to continue the search. Unfortunately, they also meet a tall, centuries-old fellow masquerading as a salesman, who, when he happens upon someone dripping with the sweet juices of big dreams, likes to remove his false teeth, bare his fangs, and gnaw them to their bones. Ignorant, Jack hits the road with the man, setting off a Robert Johnson–like yarn of success versus soul-selling. Futaki uses panels to chop the man into segments representing his dual natures, and the colors are smoggy and grim, even in would-be gorgeous panoramas. What’ll haunt your nightmares, though, are the moments of capital-H horror, with the wild-eyed madman running straight at you with fangs a-slobberin’ and axes a-choppin’. Not for the faint of heart—hell, barely for the hard of heart, either.