O’Byrne’s illustrations are simplistic, and perfectly evoke Frank Morgan’s sinful and gut-wrenching inner and outer space. There are lots of silhouetted figures in bare, claustrophobic spaces. Precious little light breaks through the gloom, but it is O’Byrne’s words that are his greatest strength. The pages could contain simple matchstick figures, and the raw, unfettered, animal cry of Frank Morgan’s words would paint a multi-million dollar epic in your mind’s eye.
This is dark stuff indeed. Perfectly Frank.
Brian Gorman is a writer, critic and graphic novelist. His latest play NEW DAWN FADES the story of Joy Division has been hailed as a cultural classic and is currently in negotiation for a national tour.