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Me and the Devil Blues: The Unreal Life of…

Me and the Devil Blues: The Unreal Life of Robert Johnson, Volume 1

by Akira Hiramoto

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A strong, promising opening tells the folk tale of Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil, and adds some interesting twists. About 1/3 of the way in, though, the plot derails and doesn't really recover. Much of the time, the panels are confusing and the transitions head-spinning, ignoring the strengths of the comic-book medium (the page-turn as a powerful edit) and cutting between plots randomly. The art is effective during the many psychedelic sequences, and only so-so the rest of the time. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
Despite a general apathy toward the medium of manga in the past few years, I couldn't help but purchase this upon seeing the subject matter.

With manga's powerful dissection of the emotional moment, Hiramoto colors the life of Robert Johnson with black white, and the aural blues. His life is a supernatural swirl of demons, self-imposed and others. This brings new meaning to the term "tortured artist." And having "RJ" journey, albeit unintentionally, with Clyde Barrow is a stroke of plot genius.

I'm eager to see how the story spills further in part two.
  the_unnamable | Dec 16, 2008 |
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The art is great, and rather Western in terms of character design, but unfortunately the story starts to drag on after awhile.
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Legend has it that if you take your guitar and stand at a crossroads at the witching hour, the devil will appear. He’ll grab your instrument, play a song, and hand it back to you. You’ll walk away an expert bluesman, but you’ll have to pay the price: your immortal soul.

The year is 1929. Deep in the Mississippi Delta, a young man named R J dreams of becoming a bluesman. R J is a simple farmer who can barely play guitar, but when he takes a midnight stroll, his life is forever changed.

A phantasmagoric reimagining of the life of legendary blues great Robert Johnson, Me and the Devil Blues follows the journey of a man who really did sell his soul to the devil. Why not come along for the ride?

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:15 -0400)

Reimaginging of the life of blues musician Robert Johnson.

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