Feels like Hollywood

A Family Matter

By Will Eisner

A rather simplistic and predictable tale of siblings fighting over the estate of their father, who is not yet dead. Eisner’s images in this graphic novella are able to get very quickly to the heart of each character, but not without relying on cliché in storytelling. So the pretty daughter is the one who grants sexual favours, for example. No surprises there. It feels like Hollywood. But then, Eisner is a part of the American dream factory, such is the influence of his graphic novels. There’s no doubting the man’s artistic talent. But, in A Family Matter at least, his storytelling could be more refined.

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