Volume One

Graphic Novel - 2009
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Lee Wagstaff is the daughter of a black sharecropper in the depression-era town of Charon, Mississippi. When Lily Westmoreland, her white playmate, is snatched by agents of an evil creature known as Bog, Lee's father is accused of kidnapping. Lee's only hope is to follow Lily's trail into this fantastic and frightening alternate world. Along the way she enlists the help of a benevolent, blues singing, swamp monster called Bayou. Together, Lee and Bayou trek across a hauntingly familiar Southern Neverland, confronting creatures both benign and malevolent, in an effort to rescue Lily and save Lee's father from being lynched.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, 2009.
ISBN: 9781401223823
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 16 x 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Morgan, Patrick


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Oct 14, 2018

A dark Southern fantasy graphic novel about race. A young girl, Lee Wagstaff, journeys into a parallel world to save her innocent father from being hanged for the murder of a white girl. Violence pervades this world of anthropomorphized animals and monsters, just as it does her reality, but she won't give up. Love is a gifted storyteller and a capable artist. His scenes are grotesque and menacing where they need to be, and sweet where Lee and her family connect with each other. I can tell I'm missing some of the layers while reading it, due to my own ignorance, because so much history and mythology is clearly wrapped up in Lee's journey. It's a compelling story, though, even if like me you don't know enough to fully process all the references.

The only problem: Bayou was never completed. The two printed volumes, and the Comixology run of issues #1-15, each collect all the material that seems to have been published, and it's been 5+ years since the last issue. I'm glad I read it anyway, but I know for some folks the lack of an ending would be understandably annoying.

Vilka Mar 26, 2014

Interesting setting and magic/haunted atmosphere as determined young Lee goes alone into the monster-populated Mississippi backwoods to find her stolen playmate before her father can be lynched for her disappearance. Creepy and cool. Warning: some swearing and racially-based violence; not for little kids.


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