I Was The Cat
by Paul Tobin
Cover Artist: Benjamin Dewey
Review by Gayle Surrette
Oni Press Kindle Edition ISBN/ITEM#: B00KDQZPDI
Date: 06 August 2014
Alison Breaking works as a journalist on her popular blog, Breaking News. However, she pays the bills by helping people write their memoirs. She's recently been hired at a hefty fee to write the memoirs of Burma. Her pre-meeting instructions asks her to not be upset by the looks of Burma when they meet in London.
Alison is staying with her good friend Reggie while in London to write Burma's memoirs. Reggie is skeptical of this particular writing assignment and wants Alison to stay in contact so that she can be sure Alison is safe.
When Alison meets Burma, she is indeed stunned but decides to take the job and write the memoirs. Burma has had an interesting life and been involved in many historical events. He seems to have a perchance for picking the wrong side in a lot of cases based on his memories of events. He often refers to the times he's tried to take over the world. Alison takes this as just the way he uses words and nothing sinister.
The reader gets to see the images of what happens when Alison isn't there or is, but isn't privy to both sides of a conversations. Therefore the reader can better make a determination of just how accurate Burma's memories really are.
The artwork has to carry those threads of the story that make up the darker sides of Burma's personality and actions in the past and the present. The characters are well developed visually so that they are recognizable even when in the background, or on their own and not named. The art is as much story as the words, and they two work together to make I Was the Cat more captivating and chilling that it would otherwise be.