Chester Brown’s graphic novel louis riel: a comic-strip biography is an overwhelming, eye-boggling achievement, my favourite book of the year. What you have here is Brown at the height of his abilities as an artist, his handling of line and composition is absolutely beautiful, and he’s made a fascinating and intelligent portrait of one of Canada’s most controversial historical figures. To me, this isn’t just one of the best books of the year, it’s one of the most important graphic novels ever published.

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