Stuart & Kathryn Immonen released their latest collaboration earlier this year with Russian Olive to Red King and the graphic novel impressed from the first page to the last.
Telling a story that’s equal parts beautiful & heartbreaking it follows a fairly average relationship between Olive & Red and explores the ups & downs and ultimately the loss that it can represent. Paced exceptionally well by Kathryn as she draws you in with a cracking script it’s got a solid graphic novel feel to it which becomes a bit more experimental with the final passage of the story. That doesn’t take anything away from it though as I couldn’t help but enjoy it form cover to cover.
Artistically it’s equally as stunning as Stuart Immonen adds his own touches to the vast expanses and close, intimate scenes with the same care & attention. The fact that writer & artist work so closely together on this tells with the combination working so well and I was even lucky enough to meet them both at The Lakes and chat to them about the book.