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Okay Cover Weird And if you don t like Machiavelli, then you won t like this the main character is a % NONE of these characters are nice, good, decent, etc.Get past that and it s a masterpiece Great art, fabulous writing, amazing history. While the concept was interesting who would have dreamed of a comic book about Leonardo da Vinci, especially one based in truth the storyline was lacklustre and the characters were flat I appreciate the work and genius of da Vinci, but this comic actually made me like him less as a person The action revolves around the artist and Salai, a servant boy that da Vinci raised There was some speculation of a love story between the two, but nothing is ever resolved and, by the end, I really fel While the concept was interesting who would have dreamed of a comic book about Leonardo da Vinci, especially one based in truth the storyline was lacklustre and the characters were flat I appreciate the work and genius of da Vinci, but this comic actually made me like him less as a person The action revolves around the artist and Salai, a servant boy that da Vinci raised There was some speculation of a love story between the two, but nothing is ever resolved and, by the end, I really felt as though nothing much had happened Some of the artwork is visually pleasing, and this is a nice collected edition of the original ten comics, but overall not a great read DC Comics Vertigo line in the early 90s must have been a fascinating place, where seemingly anything could happen How else could one account for the green lighting of a massive, ten issue long piece of historical fiction like this And yet the collected edition here is clearly the form it was ultimately designed for, as the intricately structured plot weaves around and around, touch once and again on certain times and events, only illuminating the earlier allusions when the moment is dramatic DC Comics Vertigo line in the early 90s must have been a fascinating place, where seemingly anything could happen How else could one account for the green lighting of a massive, ten issue long piece of historical fiction like this And yet the collected edition here is clearly the form it was ultimately designed for, as the intricately structured plot weaves around and around, touch once and again on certain times and events, only illuminating the earlier allusions when the moment is dramatically right Keeping track of all the details is challenging enough when reading the work over the course of a few days doing so over the ten months of its original publication would have been impossible.Mixing biography, conjecture and drama, the story painted of Leonardo and his young ward, Salai, is a complex one filled with ambition, desire, politicking, philosophy, and sex The outlooks DaVinci and Salai voice are often bleak ones tinged with cynicism and regret, but their relationships dark and otherwise are as compelling as the secrets they hold How much of it is historically accurate and how much is true, I ve no idea But it reads as plausibly true, and keeps your attention throughout I picked this up long ago now when I was researching Leonardo da Vinci and Renaissance Italy I like to supplement my research with fictional works surrounding the same topic, usually, because I enjoy seeing what others have done with the material That the central character of this comic series was Salai, I was especially interested I was ultimately disappointed by the book The art was a miss for me, and it often seemed hurried or somehow rushed It didn t grab me The writers drew from his I picked this up long ago now when I was researching Leonardo da Vinci and Renaissance Italy I like to supplement my research with fictional works surrounding the same topic, usually, because I enjoy seeing what others have done with the material That the central character of this comic series was Salai, I was especially interested I was ultimately disappointed by the book The art was a miss for me, and it often seemed hurried or somehow rushed It didn t grab me The writers drew from historical fact, but I felt they embellished a littlethan they should have in many places, or pushed and sensationalized the unsavoury aspects and characters to the point that it was grating I don t mind an unlikable or problematic protagonist, but they pushed Salai too far into that area, making hima caricature than a real character And they did the same with Leonardo In the scene where the heart of the story should have been, in the ultimate tragedy as it were of Leonardo and Salai s relationship, it fell absolutely flat I would not recommend it But if you are curious, I would say, as another reviewer said read it as historical fanfiction, at best, with a large helping of salt I don t think I care for graphic novels very much, and so that s hardly this book s fault I really liked From Hell, and so I ve been picking up graphic novels that sound interesting every now and then from the public library This one, like From Hell, is historical fiction, and that appealed to me, and it s queer, so that appealed to me, too But the central conflict between di Vinci and his protege Salai was a bit too understated for me and I think the connections between the plot and known hi I don t think I care for graphic novels very much, and so that s hardly this book s fault I really liked From Hell, and so I ve been picking up graphic novels that sound interesting every now and then from the public library This one, like From Hell, is historical fiction, and that appealed to me, and it s queer, so that appealed to me, too But the central conflict between di Vinci and his protege Salai was a bit too understated for me and I think the connections between the plot and known history are a bit of a stretch This one is going to be an acquired taste I found myself getting completely sucked in the historical detail is immaculate and the characters are strong However this is not an action packed history In fact, not a lot actually happens in this book Instead of a heavy plot we get personal politics and betrayals Both da Vinci and Salai are a mess personally, and watching their big ball o fuck up play out is highly entertaining But that is coming from someone who finds complex and layered hi This one is going to be an acquired taste I found myself getting completely sucked in the historical detail is immaculate and the characters are strong However this is not an action packed history In fact, not a lot actually happens in this book Instead of a heavy plot we get personal politics and betrayals Both da Vinci and Salai are a mess personally, and watching their big ball o fuck up play out is highly entertaining But that is coming from someone who finds complex and layered historical epics awesome This was interesting I didn t like the art at all except the covers , but I thought the story was entertaining I never really understood what da Vinci s intentions for Salai I wasn t sure if he was meant to be a lover or a son or both ew If you like period pieces and comics I would say definitely give it a try. A fun historical fiction packed in a graphic novel I enjoyed the read but at times I found my mind drifting off and had to go back and reread sections I think the fact that I really enjoy art history and historical fiction particularly is the only real thing that kept me reading. Back in 1995 96, DC Comics Vertigo imprint put out a ten issues miniseries called Chiaroscuro The Life and Times of Leonardo da Vinci Written by Pat McGreal and David Rawson, illustrated by Chaz Truog and Rafael Kayanan, with photo covers by Stephen John Phillips This was around the time, if memory serves, that Neil Gaiman s Sandman had hit its stride, and Vertigo was stillwell known for Hellblazer the source material for the movie Constantine and the spectacular run of Swamp Thing Back in 1995 96, DC Comics Vertigo imprint put out a ten issues miniseries called Chiaroscuro The Life and Times of Leonardo da Vinci Written by Pat McGreal and David Rawson, illustrated by Chaz Truog and Rafael Kayanan, with photo covers by Stephen John Phillips This was around the time, if memory serves, that Neil Gaiman s Sandman had hit its stride, and Vertigo was stillwell known for Hellblazer the source material for the movie Constantine and the spectacular run of Swamp Thing that ran from Alan Moore and Bissette Totleben through Rich Veitch, and Animal Man borderline superheroes all , than for the kind of non super hero mystery and crime genre stuff they are most well known for in the current market.Still, I think even in the current market, Chiaroscuro would stand apart from the crowd No tights well, okay, EVERYONE in tights the book does take place in the late 14 and early 1500s , no blood and gore, no horror Just a straight forward fictional biography.The authors took what they knew about Leonardo and his contemporaries, and filled in the blanks as logically as they could What they come up with is one very plausible Life of Leonardo, well researched And the artists went to the wall as well, drawing what seems to me to be highly authentic Renaissance life.As editor Alisa Kwitney comments in her introduction, the story is just as fresh and interesting now especially with the renewed interest in Leonardo thanks to Dan Brown s thriller , and collected all in one volume, it s easier to follow all the weaving narrative threads and artistic motifs And it certainly makes you think about how much the world has changed in 600 years, and yet how little Especially in terms of how people treat each other, how easy it is to hurt the ones we love, and what some people will do and give up in the name of ambition.I highly recommend it ISBN is 1 4012 0498 8, trade paperback Check it out ^DOWNLOAD ☋ Chiaroscuro: The Private Lives of Leonardo da Vinci ↹ The book is a compilation of a ten issue mini series which originally ran from It looks at Leonardo from the view point of his ne er do well apprentice and servant Giacomo, known forever to history as Salai, whom Leonardo describes as lying, thieving, gluttonous , but who none the less spends most of his life in a complex relationship with the Maestro Along the way we encounter Machievelli, Cesare Borgia, Michelangelo, Katerina a dwarf with a unique talent and the model for the painting Mona Lisa I feel the book will be a welcome addition to the wealth of books on Leonardo this season