Sing no evil

JP Ahonen

Book - 2014

"Twenty-something guitarist Aksel stutters when he sings, and the latest reviews say he has the voice of a crow with throat plague. That's not a compliment, even for the avant-garde music his band Perkeros plays. Aksel is having a hard time keeping the band together, stopping his girlfriend from kicking him out, and not getting eaten by his drummer (who happens to be a cranky brown bear). There are also the rival bands that Perkeros find themselves in battle with to save the city from ...supernatural forces set loose by ancient music. The key to it all could be in the music Aksel hears in his dreams--if it doesn't drive him mad first. With a visual soundtrack that blasts off the page, Sing No Evil is a wild ride through otherworldly dangers and the power of pure rock'n'roll,"--Amazon.com

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Genres
Graphic novels
Published
New York, NY : Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of ABRAMS 2014.
Language
English
Finnish
Item Description
Cover title.
Originally published in Finland in 2013 by WSPY under the title Perkeros.
Physical Description
180 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
1419713590
9781419713590
1419713604
9781419713606
Main Author
JP Ahonen (author)
Other Authors
Kalle-Pekka Alare (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Aksel, lead singer for Finnish rock band Perkeros, already has a lot on his plate. His band is struggling to get noticed, his vocals suffer from his constant stuttering, and his girlfriend is frustrated with his lack of ambition. While contemplating who he wants to be, Aksel learns about the very real magical elements of music. Now Aksel has to deal with the mystic power of rock before it consumes him and threatens those around him. Ahonen and Alare don't really expand on the mystical powers set in the novel until the end, but their focus on Aksel's struggles and failures give the story a grounded, heartening core. The artwork is particularly impressive during the numerous concert scenes, using bright colors and detailed background to show Aksel and Perkeros' ability to truly get lost in their music. An interesting mix of anime-inspired artwork on par with Kazu Kibuishi's Amulet series and a story matching the epic quality of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim series—rock on! Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Stuttering Finnish guitarist Axel is the front man for Perkeros, a hard rock band whose evolution is kept in check by Axel's awful vocals, and this dense graphic novel is an account of his artistic and personal travails. Axel's concentration on the band at the expense of all else causes the disintegration of his long-term relationship. After Perkeros hires a better vocalist, Axel wrestles with insecurity and his own oppressive perfectionist tendencies. The book is similar to other "forging of the band" stories, but it features whimsical details, like a drummer who's a bear, and is elevated by a tight script and stunning artwork that perfectly expresses the kick in the guts one feels when attending live rock shows in small clubs. The narrative needlessly veers into supernatural territory toward the end, seemingly in an attempt to appeal to a wider audience. With its amazing artwork, this one's a keeper—in spite of the late-in-coming demonic angle. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Twenty-something guitarist Aksel stutters when he sings, and the latest reviews say he has the voice of a crow with throat plague. That’s not a compliment, even for the avant-garde music his band Perkeros plays. Aksel is having a hard time keeping the band together, stopping his girlfriend from kicking him out, and not getting eaten by his drummer (who happens to be a cranky brown bear). There are also the rival bands that Perkeros find themselves in battle with to save the city from supernatural forces set loose by ancient music. The key to it all could be in the music Aksel hears in his dreams—if it doesn’t drive him mad first. With a visual soundtrack that blasts off the page, Sing No Evil is a wild ride through otherworldly dangers and the power of pure rock’n’roll.