What Frogcatchers lacks in page count it makes up for in emotional depth and profound storytelling. I’m floored at how much the author was able to pack into such a short, minimalist space. Colors are scarce, details are muddled at times in the raw, pencil-drawn style. Words are chosen carefully and the result is a beautiful story about life, death, and what happens at the end. It’s the kind of graphic novel you’ll want to read over and over again to catch those little details and revel in storytelling that’s so simple and complex at the same time. It’s a beautiful depiction of those final moments, when life flashes before your eyes or rather rains down from the sky in a storm of photos, drawings, and memorabilia. The child leads the old man to the end, urging him forward, giving him courage as he begins to understand what this journey entails. By the end, we’re right back to the beginning and the circle continues.
Overall, Frogcatchers is one of my favorite graphic novels of the year. In fifteen minutes, it’ll leave you in deep contemplation of the meaning of life and the millions of tiny moments we might be passing by.
By Jeff Lemire
Published by Gallery 13
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.