Visually stunning, mythic, disturbing comic about a tiny, brave little black girl named Lee, who descends into the underworld beneath the swamp to save her father from a lynch mob, and her best friend from a swamp monster. Volume two continues her quest in a world in which spirits, monsters, and adorable anthropomorphized animals enact American myths and American history.

Jeremy Love said in an interview, "I’ve always been interested in the mythology of America. The south, in particular, seems like a haunted place. You have this region that is covered with blood but produces so much beauty. I never really felt connected to African mythology until I started reading Joel Chandler Harris’ Uncle Remus tales. Seeing how elements of African mythology were interwoven with American folklore was the spark. What led me to the Uncle Remus tales was Disney’s Song of the South, a film I’ve always had mixed feelings about. I felt I as an African American creator could reclaim that mythology.

I thought this world would be the perfect place to stage an epic fantasy tale. I could mash up elements of the Civil War, blues, African mythology, Southern Gothic and American folklore and show how they form a tapestry that is the American South."

If you can deal with the sometimes horrific and violent content, made about ten times more disturbing because so much of it deals with real history, not to mention real racist imagery, this is an extremely powerful and satisfying work.

I especially recommend it if you're even passingly familiar with African-American history, folklore, and folk songs. I don't think you have to catch all the references to appreciate this, but it adds a lot if you do. In volume two, for instance, a character is introduced early on, and then named a little later. He works as a character even if you've never heard of him before, but I actually exclaimed aloud with delight when his identity was revealed.

Bayou Vol. 2

In case this may sway someone to read this, the mystery character is below the cut. (CAPS not mine - that represents a huge font.)



"He went straight down to Hell, but he wuz so bad he kicked the Devil out and took over. And now he's loose again.

STAGOLEE is loosed from Hell..."

From: [identity profile] lady-ganesh.livejournal.com


In the comic! It was online for a while, I think the published books are starting to catch up/caught up.

I first heard the name because my mom had this as a 45. Heh.

From: [identity profile] icecreamempress.livejournal.com


Wow, this sounds fascinating. And powerful. Thanks for the sigboo.

From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com


Your review of the last volume has stuck with me and lingered in my mind. Really glad the next volume is out.


From: [identity profile] fourthage.livejournal.com


I ordered both volumes after reading this review. They came today and wow, what a great series. The whole ending sequence of the second volume just killed me.
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