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Beautiful and terrifying in equal measures


Brecht Evens

‘Panther’ is an unsettling graphic novel about a little girl and her imaginary feline companion. Iconoclastic in his cartooning and page layouts, subtle in his plotting, and deft in his capturing of the human experience, Brecht Evens has crafted a tangled, dark masterwork. Christine lives in a big house with her father and her cat, Lucy. When Lucy gets sick and dies, Christine is devastated. But alone in her room, something special happens: a panther pops out of her dresser drawer and begins to tell her stories of distant Pantherland, where he is the crown prince.

A masterpiece
The Comics Journal

A shape-shifter who tells Christine anything she wants to hear, Panther begins taking over Christine's life, alienating her from her other toys and friends. As Christine's world spirals out of control, so does the world Panther has created for her. ‘Panther’ is a chilling voyage into the shadowy corners of the human psyche, all set in gorgeous watercolours.

A dark fairy tale filled with troubling implications and haunting illustrations
Publishers Weekly
One of the most beautiful and disturbing narratives of childhood ever produced in the comics medium