It's all about style
The social commentary continues in renowned artist Peter Kuper's dramatically vivid re-creation of Upton Sinclair's classic novel The Jungle. Kuper, who has also done graphic-novel adaptations of Franz Kafka's stories and novellas, has a frenzied, almost violent visual style, full of movement and color and untidy emotions. The climactic scene, a workers' riot, fills two pages with a spectacular explosion of shapes expressing in no uncertain terms the chaos that had built up inside the main character, the immigrant Jurgis.
Becky Ohlsen writes from Portland, Oregon.