Harlequin Valentine, Hardback book

Harlequin Valentine[Hardback]

by Neil Gaiman

5.00 out of 5 (2 ratings)

Dark Horse Comics,U.S. 
Publication Date:
04 December 2001 
Graphic Novels 


In this modern hardcover retelling of a classic commedia dell'arte legend of tomfoolery and hopeless, fawning love, creators Neil Gaiman ("The Sandman", the Newbery Medal-winning "The Graveyard Book") and John Bolton ("God Save the Queen") update the relationship of Harlequin and Columbine. A buffoon burdened with a brimming heart, Harlequin chases his sensible, oblivious Columbine around the city streets, having given his heart freely. Consumed with love, the impulsive clown sees his heart dragged about town, with a charming surprise to bend the tale in a modern direction. Gaiman's writing is poetic and as heartfelt as the subject matter. Bolton's art, a combination of digitally enhanced photorealism and dynamic painting, provides sensational depth with bright characters over fittingly muted backgrounds. Those who have spent Valentine's Day alone are aware that the cold February holiday can be hard to swallow. Gaiman and Bolton want you to know that all it takes is a steak knife, a fork, and a bottle of quality ketchup!

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  • Wow. This is fantastic. I love what it says about love. Often read. Neal, do more of this, okay?

    5.00 out of 5


  • This is a poignant yet punchy tale about love. John Bolton's art is beautiful, and it certainly adds to the story. Lovely!

    5.00 out of 5


  • This is classic Gaiman: a story that twists and bends and gives you exactly what you want while still surprising you with the fact that you wanted it. The story was recently released as part of Gaiman's "Fragile Things" collection, but (biased as I may be from having read this version first) I find that the art really adds to it.

    out of 5


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