Lorenzo Mattotti's Chimera #1 is an almost wordless, part-abstract and highly ambiguous comic that sees the artist working entirely in black ink. Rather than a conventional narrative, it appears to be intended as a series of dreamlike metamorphoses. Two small children lie under a tree watching the sky, as Mattotti's loose, swirling line gradually builds from almost perfunctory to densely textured in later panels, and coalesces into forms such as giants, rabbits, birds and forests. Published by Fantagraphics, Chimera is nothing if not ambitious, and it's a shame that there's reportedly little chance of a sequel.
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