Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I first heard about this book two years ago and have been anxiously awaiting its publication ever since. With such anticipation, it is easy to elevate the work to a level where expectations cannot possibly be fulfilled, no matter the artist.

Thankfully, Michael Zulli is no ordinary artist. Fracture of the Universal Boy is a beautiful, heart-rending, emotional, personal, and moving piece of work. It is obvious how much time Mr. Zulli has put into this book, and it is a book that will reward future readings.

I devoured my advanced copy (thank you Kickstarter campaign) a few weeks ago in a single sitting – the book is roughly 200 pages long – and was very happy to find my “official” copy on the doorstep just the other day. The amount of detail on these pages is well-served by the oversized dimensions of the book, and the complete package is truly a thing of beauty.

I am letting the story simmer in the back of my mind for now. But, at some point soon, I plan on re-reading the book and writing a longer piece on this book. I only hope that I am able to do the work justice.

But I will say that, if you see this book at your local comic shop or book store, pick it up. You will not be disappointed. Mr. Zulli worked ten years on this book, and the care and artistry evident within its pages exhibits that commitment. It is an amazing book that is deserving of your support.


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