by Richard Sala
(Fantagraphics, 2002)

A wildly imaginative nightmare, Peculia is that rare comics commodity: original.

Bare-footed and pursued in a black mini-skirt through an outre world of monsters, young Ms. Peculia is beset by the primitive fears of death, cannibalism and sexual confusion that haunt our darkest dreams. Among her would-be abductors are Obscurus, bandaged and goggled like the Invisible Man, and Justine, a spandexed super-heroine.

Her pen-and-ink, claustrophobic world is a medieval woodcut of stark blacks and whites that approaches the look of photographic negatives.

These marvelous stories were first serialized in Evil Eye Comics 1-9. Because of partial nudity and surreal violence, Peculia is only lauded for adults.

- Rambles
written by Michael Vance
published 19 July 2003

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