Barnstormers: A Ballad of Love and Murder (Paperback)
Historical fiction isn't normally my cup of tea but the cover caught my eye and I am a fan of Scott Snyder's work so I gave it a read. Boy, am I glad I did! The story of Bix, a barnstormer trying to make a name for himself, and Tillie, the bride whose wedding he literally crashes, is full of romance, mystery, and adventure. The young performers get themselves into a world of trouble and go on the run together in the 1920's prohibition South with a Pinkerton agent hot on their trail. Lotay's artwork is jaw-droppingly gorgeous and cinematic. This is one graphic novel I would recommend to absolutely anyone!— Leslie
A high-flying, post WWI-era historical fiction graphic novel that’s an intimate portrait of love and war—and a meditation on the dangerous level of trust required in both romance and aviation.
It’s 1927—the late days of the barnstorming era, when pilots competed with each other by performing deadlier and more wondrous feats. Injured pilot Hawk E. Baron is back from the frontlines of the war. Still a young man, he’s an adventurer who lives his life traveling from town to town in his plane entertaining folks—most of whom have never seen a car, let alone a plane.
His world changes when he meets Tillie, a young woman who shares his passion for aviation and adventure. They become a traveling act, delighting folks with their antics. Tillie even becomes Hawk’s wing-walker, climbing out on the wing of the plane mid-flight to perform death-defying acrobatics.
When they learn they are suspected of a horrific crime, their journey becomes an even deadlier race against time. Along the way they bond, confessing their secrets, and begin a romance in this lush, character-driven series that explores the early days of aviation and the evolving relationship and romance between two young pilots.
This Bonnie and Clyde romp brings together writer Scott Snyder (We Have Demons) and the breathtaking illustrations of Tula Lotay (Supreme: Blue Rose)—her longest sequential work to date.
Snyder is best known for writing Batman including seminal runs on Detective Comics (with artist Jock) and Batman (with frequent collaborator Greg Capullo). Snyder has co-created some of the most successful creator-owned comics, including Wytches (with Jock and in development at Amazon Studios for animation), The Wake (with Sean Murphy), A.D. (with Jeff Lemire) and Undiscovered Country (with Charles Soule, Guiseppe Camuncoli, and Daniele Orlandi).
In 2020, Snyder unveiled his Best Jackett Press label. He lives on Long Island with his wife and three sons. He is an avid and non-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.
Tula Lotay is the pen name of illustrator Lisa Wood. Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Tula specialises in comics, film and editorial illustration, as well as being the founder and director of the world-renowned Thought Bubble Festival.
In 2019 Tula was awarded the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award by San Diego Comic Con Eisner committee for her charitable and fundraising work. In 2015 she was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book for The Wicked and The Divine #13.