Wendy Pinis Masque of the Red Death by Wendy PiniVolume 1 of the paperback edition came across my desk at a library for which I catalog. It looked GAY AS HELL and I thought thered be dick in it, so I went home and read the full story online. When I saw it had 9 ratings and 1 review here on GoodReads, I thought Haha, ok, I cant wait for this to be terrible. Much to my dismay, it really really wasnt.
If you know the capital city in the Hunger Games, you can imagine the setting here: decadent, rich, colorful, and populated with privileged jerks obsessed with wealth, sex, and parties. Atop this rests a light sci-fi thread about the invention of a magic nanobot that grants eternal youth. Obviously this will be the thing that brings on the Red Death. (This is a spoiler only for those not familiar with the source material.)
Despite the setting and plot offering only familiar territory, the presentation of this graphic novel is delightful, and there is a lot of heart at its core. The art steals the show here, though. At first I didnt like it, with the severe cheekbones and angles that could cut you, but as the book progressed I realized it added a beautiful grotesquerie that fit so well.
The over-the-top setting and design preclude Masques power as a parable. Instead it reads like a modern fairy tale with costume, love story, grim death, and moral lesson to match. Some have classified this as yaoi, I guess because the central relationship is between two skinny dudes who have sex a lot, but thats a pretty diminishing term for what this is. Id really recommend this one, and Im a bit sad it hasnt gotten more attention.
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Wendy Pini's Masque of the Red Death Vol. 2
Miscellaneous Home Go! Comi Manga publisher Go! Pini is the creator of "ElfQuest," one of the most popular and successful independent comics of all time. The announcement was made at New York Comic Con. The story of a wealthy prince who hosts a decadent party in his palace while a plague ravages the world outside, "Masque of the Red Death" is a science-fictional retelling of the classic Edgar Allen Poe tale. Pini promises the story will be "a walk on the dark side," featuring strong Gothic horror, erotica, and the kind of intense romantic relationships between men found in the Japanese manga genre known as yaoi.
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Based on the original short story by Edgar Allan Poe , Wendy Pini's Masque of the Red Death is described as follows on the back of the print edition of Volume One: "In a decadent, perfect future, Anton Prosper uses his vast fortune and scientific genius to seek the ultimate power of life over death. But when the beautiful prodigy Steffan Kabala enters Prosper's life, he unlocks a tempestuous passion that may send the entire planet hurtling into a bloody maelstrom of destruction. Episodes of the weekly webcomic began in Each episode was created first in traditional comic book page format. Wendy Pini produced pages of full-color digital art then broke them down into individual panels. Using simple "tweens" she animated the panels in sequence, often creating additional art to enhance the illusion of movement.
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