Charles Burns achieved a significant milestone as his iconic graphic novel “Black Hole” made a remarkable appearance in the film “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” “Black Hole,” initially an underground gem, derives from a comic book series of the same name and has earned a dedicated following over the years. The sight of this classic graphic novel on the big screen delighted enthusiasts and fans, but it’s not just geeks who appreciate its allure. With its already substantial sales as a top-tier graphic novel, it’s poised to gain even more traction in the coming weeks, attracting a broader audience.
The heart of “Black Hole” delves into the lives of a group of teenagers navigating the tumultuous landscape of 1970s America. Their lives take an eerie turn as they become afflicted with a sexually transmitted infection, leading to inexplicable and grotesque physical mutations. The story’s ability to evoke both nostalgia and dread resonates with readers, and it’s this unique blend that has contributed to its enduring popularity.
Charles Burns has impeccably timed the release of his new book, “Sugar Skull,” slated for September. This upcoming work promises to captivate readers with its signature blend of dark themes and intricate storytelling. As “Black Hole” garners renewed attention, “Sugar Skull” will undoubtedly benefit from the increased interest in Burns’ distinctive style and storytelling prowess. The convergence of these two projects is a testament to Charles Burns’ enduring influence in the world of graphic novels, and fans can look forward to an exciting journey through his intricate and thought-provoking narratives.