Tony Isabella on Axe-Man: full 5 Tonys

The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans is the latest book in Rick Geary’s “A Treasury of XXth Century Murder” series.  While it’s unquestionably ghastly of me to revel in these histories of murder most foul, I do find them irresistibly inviting and even charming.

Geary’s style lends itself perfectly to this shocking tale of unsolved killings in post-World War I New Orleans.  His matter-of-fact narration and illustrations are sedate given the gory nature of the murders, but his calm unveiling of the facts actually adds  to the unsettling horror.  He takes his readers back to that time, draws us into the fearful moments of the spree, and leaves us more than a little unsettled afterwards. 

The darkly charming Axe-Man of New Orleans earns the full five out of five Tonys.”

Tony Isabella, Comics Buyers Guide

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