by Emily Blair, $3.50
John Martin, a high school art teacher, has brought a group of students to Florence, Italy, on an educational trip abroad. John last visited Florence while in college, but he finds that the present-day Florence doesn't match the city of his memories. His general feeling of ennui moves towards depression as he fixates on one of the "living statues" in the city, a young man who lives in the same apartment complex where John and his group are staying. For John, this young Italian who plays at being Michaelangelo's David (a vastly overrated sculpture, in John's opinion) becomes the symbol of everything that is wrong with contemporary life.
Living Statues is a story about becoming enslaved to memory, living so much in the past that one cannot appreciate the present. Blair unfolds her tale like an onion, and her heavily inky artwork fits perfectly with the story she is telling.
Emily Blair may not produce comics very often (I reviewed her last comic, Soap Opera over two years ago), but when she does it's worth tracking down.
Rating: 4 (of 5)
A review copy of this comic was provided by the creator.