Bloodfellas, written by Jasper Bark, is my first graphic novel and I enjoyed it immensely. I read the ebook version, which looked stunning on my iPad. The artwork by Mick Trimble was fantastic and complemented the story beautifully. And what a story it was. Bark once again delivers a different take on zombies; this time combining the religious philosophy of voodoo with gritty noir gangsters. It is an odd pairing but Bark really makes it work. I was sucked into this dark and desperate world that he created where the dead have no rest and the living barter their souls. The book is set up as a collection of short stories that follow individual characters and a final story that ties all of the plot- lines together. I don't know if this is a common format for graphic novels or not, but it made reading the stories very enjoyable as you could see where different characters cross paths and how one story influenced another. I'm sure lovers of graphic novels will agree this is a great addition to the medium, and readers of novels will enjoy reading and looking at Bloodfellas. Bark's prose is just too hard to resist.
I give it five cocktails.
You can purchase Bloodfellas by clicking the following links: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Waterstones