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Chris Saunders review, Morpheus Tales Supplement April 2018, Page 2
A few years ago I remember being blown away by a trippy little dark fantasy book called Eden Fell by some mysterious creature known only as Lily. I read a lot of books, but not many stuck with me like that sucker did. I kept an eye out for more books by the same author, but unfortunately they were few and far between. I eventually found out that though an exceptionally talented wordsmith Lily, now revealed as Lily Dark, always considered herself an artist first and a writer second. Thankfully, she’s found a way to combine both creative pursuits with this serialized graphic novel. Boasting beautiful artwork and killer prose, in a nutshell Cottonseeds records the many varied adventures of Sam Gillman, a twenty-something paralegal based in Tennessee who is forced into reconciling the amoral job of defending the guilty with fending off the supernatural forces which threaten to consume him from the inside out. Or maybe even the other way around.
If you’ve always wanted to sink your teeth into a superbly produced graphic novel which somehow manages to wrap murderers, ghosts and other supernatural beings with real-world problems like ravaging guilt, family drama, emotional trauma and walking a tightrope of morality in one sordid, easily-digestible package, this could be for you. Cottonseeds is still in its early stages, so there’s still time to jump on that bandwagon before everyone else does.
Michael Benavidez review
The best thing about reading a series that stretches over time, especially as they come out, is to see the growth of the artist and writer’s work. This is especially true in Lily’s Cottonseeds. I’ve been invested in the series since it was first being set up (if my memory serves me right). Having seen the beginning, I can say that there has definitely been a growth and rise in the series. What started as a clear idea, feel, as finally hit that stride of atmosphere, presence, and attitude.
The art is top notch, drawing up some wicked imagery of a bad acid trip, as well as being frightfully clear in it’s execution. Things are ramping up in action, and plot, and mystery, pushing exposition while not giving any clear answers. You can tell Lily, has a grip on what’s to come, and where she’s headed next.
The language is awesome. There’s a redneck, southern vibe mixed in with some sort of city noir feel to it. I rather love it. It’s poetic in that spoken word vibe, slipping off the tongue. Safe to say, I’m still very much excited where this is headed after all this time.