Firmin Huff is a civl servant, charged with mapping a city so large, its inhabitants speculate whether or not its dimensions stretch into infinity. To control so vast and unwieldy a city, records and automated functions have been entrusted to a computer known as Rom, while the local governing council is so timid and fractured as to be of no use at all. Trouble arises when people begin taking it upon themselves to build massive walls througout the city under cover of darkness-night being the only time when one may build without a permit, according to the bylaws. As the walls grow in number, the citizens begin to suffer memory-loss, and Rom becomes increasingly unhelpful.
The word Kafka-esque is used on the back cover ad copy for Mathieu’s slim, marvelous little tale, and while there are indeed surface similarities, the label isn’t wholly accurate. Kafka would never have stood for so hopeful an ending as found here, for one thing. Still, it is a useful adjective in other ways. Dead Memory is certainly an engaging, beautifully constructed work, from the careful layouts and well-sported black spaces of the artwork, to a carefully-wrtitten story that manages to ask questions often found in modern-day science fiction, yet concluding with answers that feel new. Marc-Antoine Mathieu may not quite share Franz Kafka’s bleak pessimism, but his ability to examine the world around himself through fanastic, elegantly constructed parables would do the Czech master proud.
出版社：Dark Horse Comics｜作者：Warc-Antoine Mahieu｜插图：Warc-Antoine Mahieu｜出版日期：2003｜格式：jpg｜册数：1v｜页数：72p｜尺寸：2400×3260px｜大小：249m｜语种：英文｜ISBN：1569718407