Book #77

Django Unchained

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-top-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz.
 Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles--dead or alive.

What a joy it was to read a graphic novel after far too long. I can’t pretend to be a devotee - they are so expensive for what usually turns out to be a relatively quick read - but when I do treat myself it’s always an experience.

Django isn’t just a film adaptation; it’s the first draft of the script written in a graphic novel format. We’re given far more scenes and backstories than the film permitted; I was particularly engrossed by Broomhilda’s experiences after being separated from Django at the auction. I always found her to be an unexplored character, so I devoured this storyline.

The artwork is excellent and does well to convey the moods of the scene, whether this is a sombre reflection on the audacities of slavery, or a chaotic depiction of the ultra-violence Tarantino is so fond of. Something jumped out of every panel for me; it was intoxicating.

It’s now quite clear to me that it’s time to gather some pennies together and dive back into this gorgeous format of storytelling properly.