Black Hole

October 24, 2005 | Trades


Black Hole
Charles Burns
Pantheon Books
$34.95 (Hardcover)
**** (out of five)

Black Hole has everything you could want in a book: sex, drugs and hideously deformed freaks.
Set in the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s, Black Hole follows the bleak lives of a group of teens that are dealing with their typical angst, along with a new sexually transmitted disease that often slowly turns its victims into grotesques.
Rife with metaphor and allusions, Black Hole is genuinely unsettling and completely visually engrossing with its stark black-and-white pages. It perfectly highlights Burns’ immense artistic and literary talents.

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