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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
Miscellanea and Ephemeron

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07/31/2004 Archived Entry: "Comic review: Sleeping Beauty #1"

The Ballad of Sleeping Beauty
Writer: Gabriel Benson
Beckett Comics

Reviewed by Jane Seaton

Gabriel Benson crowds Hawthorne and Atiyeh's vividly realised Old West scenery with people and plots we already know. Sure, there's Sleeping Beauty, but we've also met the cynical, and irritatingly cryptic, old timer who educates the rube, we've heard the night-before-the-hanging confessions, and we've dared to hope for the last-minute-before-the-hanging rescues. We may not have shared ghost stories in the shadow of a gallows, but we know the formula. And if we're not North Americans with wagon train folklore flowing in our veins, we're familiar with it through the medium of film and TV, and it resonates and enriches the Ballad of Sleeping Beauty so much that I was surprised to pick up the comic again a few days after I first read it and find there were only 24 fairly uncrowded pages.

This comic is a blend of good old wines poured into a new wineskin, and your reviewer awaits issue #2 with eager anticipation, to see if anything is going to burst.

(Here at J LHLS World Headquarters, we just got a copy of Sleeping Beauty #2, thank you Beckett Comics, and will be sending it to Jane ASAP. Ed)

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