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Kid Eternity

Title: Kid Eternity
Author: Grant Morrison
Artist: Duncan Fegredo
Year: 1991

Kid Eternity is a boy who was killed seventy five years too early, and to rectify that mistake, he was resurrected and returned to the living world. The word “Eternity” enables him to revive the dead to help him do good, as well as grants him some other more or less spectacular powers. Together with stand-up comedian Jerry Sullivan, he journeys to hell in order to free his keeper, who was left behind when Kid fled his long imprisonment there.

If this sounds somewhat bizarre, we are on the right track. This mini series of three thin volumes depicts a weird and dark tale, mainly focusing on Kid Eternity (who is, if I understand things correctly, an old super hero Grant Morrison revived and reshaped for the purpose of this series). Everything about Kid Eternity is strange in some way, and most of it is dark. The story and the artwork are confusing, only suggesting to the reader what is really going on. However, this is clearly done on purpose and also quite skillfully executed. What I cannot really figure out is if it is too confusing or not. Although I like strange and confusing stories, they have to be delicately balanced and not fall over towards utter chaos. Also, chaotic artwork can be exhausting in the long run.

So, on the positive side, we have adeptly coordinated story and artwork, creating the kind of feeling I am sure the author and artist aimed for (nice workmanship, in other words). On the negative side, the series is a bit too confusing, at least at times, which makes me wonder if even the author knows what some parts are supposed to mean. The positive aspects outweigh the negative with a fair margin, though, so I will give Kid Eternity three and a half snails.

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