This graphic novel collects the first 154 pages of Jeremy Love's webcomic "Bayou." Set in Mississippi in the days of Jim Crow, this is the story of Lee, a young, black girl being raised by her widowed father. When Lee's best friend, a rich white girl named Lily, is swallowed whole by an odd resident of the local bayou, Lee's father is framed for the crime. As the lynch mob begins to form, Lee races off to the swamps to gather evidence of her father's innocence. But this land has more than mundane monsters of which to be wary. Golliwogs, fairy spirits of the dead, giant talking animals, and more hinder and, sometimes, help Lee on her quest.
The art in this graphic novel does an excellent job portraying Lee and her environment. At times soft and bright, and at others dark and moody, it entices readers deeper into this eerie new landscape.
Bayou Volume 2 will not be released until January 2011, but readers wanting to continue Lee's story can find her online at http://zudacomics.com/bayou