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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Suspended Animation Review - Billy Tucci's A Child is Born


Billy Tucci’s A Child is Born, published by Apostle Arts, LLC (2011), 32 pages, $5.99.

            Despite the controversy which some have managed to build around the holiday, Christmas remains an important, cherished time for most people world-wide.  And one story from which the season will never be divested (nor should it), is that of the birth of Jesus, the Christ.  Now, families who treasure that annual retelling can have one of the most beautiful representations of it I have ever seen.  Whether they are comics fans or not, I believe most would appreciate A Child is Born, by Billi Tucci.

            Tucci, a well-known comics artist with an ultra-realistic style, does what may be his best work ever on this ancient, yet still-timely tale of the birth of a Savior who offers hope for all the world.  Everything associated with the account is here: Mary and Joseph, the magi, the shepherds, Zechariah, Elizabeth, Simeon, angels and even the threatened monarch, King Herod.  This 32-page offering seems as complete as any such limited version can be, and could potentially become a treasured part of the celebration of Christmas, especially for families with small children.

            Paul Mounts provides interior colors for Tucci’s pencils and inks, and Mark Sparacio finished the cover.  Each have helped deliver a quality to this comics work which is equally akin to high-quality art one would expect in a fine gift store.  Those who enjoy the work of such artisans as Warner Sallman, Akiane Kramarik, Greg Olsen, Simon Dewey, etc. will find plenty to be amazed by within these pages.

            Billy Tucci’s A Child is Born is recommended to anyone who relates to the Christmas message of potential hope, peace and joy for all.  It contains the reason that Christmas is more than just another holiday, and is therefore ALSO recommended to those who desperately seek those qualities in their own lives.  Find it at www.achildisbornbook.com, your local comics shop, conventions, or online retailers and auctions.

And, Merry Christmas.

Review by Mark Allen