Sour Leaves #3 by Brendan Monroe

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Sour Leaves #3
by Brendan Monroe

sourleavesSometimes opportunity just falls into your lap. Sometimes though, it needs you to sniff it out. This dichotomy is pretty much the theme of Brendan Monroe‘s Sour Leaves #3, but it’s also a nice summary for how I came to have this book.

I went to the comic shop and at the counter was a handful of these books. The man at the register said they just came in. Their distributor inexplicably had a bunch on hand. They were from 2006. The store didn’t even know how much to charge for them, so I paid $4. Through my online investigations, however, I found that nowadays you can’t find Sour Leaves #3 for any less than $10 + shipping (understandably because it is beautifully rendered, assembled and written). Seeing as my mailbox has been largely bare lately and I didn’t know what to review for today, this seemed like a lucky break.

So as much as I love sniffing out a great opportunity – or comic as it were – if you’ve got a new book, now would be a good time to consider sending a copy to the Cross Hatch PO Box. Now, on with the review…

Sour Leaves #3 stands on its own as a lovely story of two best friends that look as much like faces in penguin suits as nothing at all. They might actually be nuts or eggs, but in essence what sort of thing they are isn’t important. They have a kind of loveliness that makes you feel for them and root for them from cover to cover.

The language is very poetic and hand-rendered in an almost-perfect grade school cursive style. Each page holds not much more than a line of text. It runs on like poetry and I can only think to compare the subtle loveliness to present-day King Mini comics. Sour Leaves #3 a is really touching story about two dear friends that can’t stay away from trouble but always run into luck and even get to come home again.

The book cover is printed on a cherry-hued brown cardstock. The art inside is printed using brown ink on cream pages. Computerized halftones flesh out the artwork and add a little variety.

It’s a nice book if you can get your hands on it.

Sarah Morean