Nisha Gopalan
August 01, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Me and the Devil Blues 1

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Akira Hiramoto
publisher
Del Rey
genre
Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Fiction

We gave it a B

It’s said that Delta bluesman Robert Johnson made a Faustian deal to become a badass axman. Set in the racist South, Akira Hiramoto’s manga, imbues that myth with bizarre flourishes like a trigger-happy Clyde Barrow (without Bonnie). Plus, we learn the secret to Johnson’s genius: 10 fingers…on one hand!

For Fans of…
Depression-era lore.

Bottom Line
Clunky dialogue aside, Hiramoto transforms the hallowed Johnson legend into something fantastical in Me and the Devil Blues (Vol. 1). B

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