Comic book writer and artist Charles Burns is master of the creepy, dislocated narrative. Having found great success with his mini series Black Hole - written from 1995-2005, and currently linked to a film adaptation to come from David Fincher - recent years have seen Burns ramp up the weirdness with his Last Look trilogy, a surreal trip through the failing mind of a punk poet that could just as easily be titled TinTin Goes Insane. It feels trite to bring up David Lynch comparisons when they're used to lend mystique to artists who have the slightest tickle of the strange, but in Burns' case a Lynch comparison seems accurate; his work shares much with the directors output, from the thickly inked 50s style, to the weird cyclical conversations and unforgiving penchant for a plot lurch. Last Look originally came out in three hardback books, X'ed Out, The Hive and Sugar Skull - now publishers Jonathan Cape collect the trilogy in one softback, costing a relatively cheap £17. Last Look hits shops on October 6th - check out some preview pages below:
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