Roman Dirge’s Lenore – Swirlies is a hardcover comic that follows the “Cute Little Dead Girl” on another string of adventures that tend to be fatal for most of those involved.

The good: Dirge’s morbid, oddball comedy and Burtonesque cartoon style are a charming blend of macabre, cute, and silly that will appeal to comic fans and zombie fans alike. The narratives, such as they are, just roll in black humor and come up smelling like dead things. The glossy, full-color artwork is printed on high quality, glossy paper and hard-bound in an old-(primary)-school library style.

The bad: My only caveat emptor would be this: the Lenore books are not graphic novels. Swirlies is over a hundred pages, but is a string of unrelated short comics from one to twenty pages in length. This isn’t so much “bad” as just something that the reader might want to know before they buy, but might not be obvious on a quick peruse.

The ugly: The only ugly things in Lenore are the characters, and that’s quite on purpose.

The verdict: This charming collection of whimsical death and mayhem will touch your heart. And maybe eat it.

Available on Amazon.

About Patrick Freivald

Patrick Freivald is a high school teacher (physics, robotics, and American Sign Language), beekeeper, author, and coach of an award-winning competition robotics team. He lives in rural Western New York with his lovely wife and far, far too many animals.