Written and illustrated by Brett Uren, Kuzimu is the vibrant and disturbing tale of Pt'eros, a Maasai shaman who exists in the afterlife in a strange, four-eyed, reptilian form. Pt'eros' search for peace and an escape from the afterlife take him into bizarre and troubling places and bring him into contact with everything from the physical imbodiments of cultural beliefs and memories to human scientists bent on crossing the boundary into the spirit world of Ku-zimu. I’ll be honest, I don’t believe I completely understood a good chunk of Kuzimu, but, despite that, I did feel like I had taken a journey upon finishing my first read of it. Uren has so well captured the dream-like quality he was going for, that many times you can get lost in your own internal interpretation of the characters and events, experiencing your own sense of “timelessness” as you mentally spar with yourself. This is a book that will require many re-reads, each which will most likely reveal an additional level to the book. Lovers of the cerebral and trippy should consider this a must-have item!
One thing that also really helps the book is the stunning artwork, also by Uren. I already mentioned the exquisite
coloring job, but Uren’s style must be given credit, as well. His dark and bizarre settings and shadowy imagery really bring a visual atmosphere to the book. The book also features plenty of creatures that simply terrify with their looks alone. With shades of Hellraiser or the creepiness of H.R. Giger’s work, Uren brings his readers into an intense sequential art nightmare that doesn’t let up.
You can find out more about Kuzimu at the official website or the Kuzimu Facebook page.
That’s all for now, comic book sniffers! Until next time, don’t get lost in the afterlife and keep following the flame!
-Bryant the Comic Book Slayer