Writer/creator Owen Michael Johnson has already impressed with titles like the anarchic Raygun Roads & the epic Beast Wagon but his most personal release by far is the semi-autobiographical Reel Love and its getting a much needed collected edition through Unbound.
Reel Love is a coming-of-age graphic novel that collects both issues of Owen’s release, acting as a love-letter to the cinema experience that captured his imagination from an early age. It’s also a heart-felt slice of life with a ‘Wonder Years’ vibe that courses through the books and having already fallen in love with the individual releases of one & two the prospect of owning a hardback edition that remasters those and adds the third & final chapter (exclusive to this release) was one of the easiest pledges I’ve made to any project.
The title wears it’s heart on its sleeve with the pages forming a hug of nostalgia that a love of movies and cinema in particular seems to naturally develop. The awe of the art form, the exciting edge to growing up & the bittersweet edge from the inevitability of change, gives this every element you could hope for and more as Owen plays out his unique tale.
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