Being a comic book fan and collector of graphic novels I was excited to get me hands on a copy of Xie Peng and Duncan Jepson’s newest graphic novel Darkness Outside The Night.
Devised and completed over 6 years, Darkness Outside The Night explores feelings through its main character, a cute little gnome like creature that, for the majority of the novel, feels pain and bleeds. From a horrific box to the heights of the mountains, we are shown a bleak world of reds, oranges, and black that encircles the green covered character in his quest to find greater meaning in life.
…to highlight that bright moment in an almost dark and depressing existence…
With artwork that emphasises the darkness and loneliness of the human condition, the colours are all dark. Black is the main feeling of the work and as the chapters progress and we are introduced to the feelings of Love, Loneliness and even tininess (to name a few), small moments of brightness are shown, but only to highlight that bright moment in an almost dark and depressing existence.
And that is what the overall feeling of the novel points to. The foreword explains that the world that the authors live in has changed, especially in China, and this is reflected within the pages of the book. As China grows strong economically, they seek to repress creative influences. The book is a symbol that the dark nature within the pages if a happening to the youth and artistic community in the Far East.
…gorgeous artwork and visuals with a deeper and emotional meaning…
Dark and harrowing, Darkness Outside The Night combines gorgeous artwork and visuals with a deeper and emotional meaning. If you are used to the shiny and bright pages of Marvel then I would give this book a miss, however if you are looking for something different, stark and mesmerising then take Darkness Outside The Night for a whirl.