Kavalier & Clay Comic

The Escapist, the comic book based on Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer-winning novel, has just been published.

Chabon’s “The Passing of the Key” is, not surprisingly, the strongest story in the collection. The story is taken at times verbatim from the pages of the novel. Comparing Chabon’s two takes on the one tale is instructive: the comic misses some of the novel’s virtuoso lyricism, but the novel misses the comic’s ability to provide motion to even the most static passage of exposition through illustration, and the sheer immediacy of the storytelling.

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