Review: Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly

Here is a review I wrote for Have a read and then go and track down the book 🙂


9781401220686_p0_v1_s260x420Prince of Cats is a prequel to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet told from the point of view of Juliet’s cousin Tybalt, Prince of Cats (according to the dramatis personae at the start of the play). That in itself is pretty interesting, but author and artist Ron Wimberly sets this tale of woe in Brooklyn, 1983, and casts black youths in the major parts (except for the white Romeo). As in Shakespeare, all of the characters speak in iambic pentameter. Wimberly also gives each character a samurai sword.

It is an incredible work.

The artwork is amazing, all dark colors and rich navy blues and purples with neon everywhere, and blood on the pink side of red. The characters dress in crazy eighties clothes and carry beepers. They are obsessed with their ranking in the Duel List, a magazine showing who has fought whom and won, and the feud between the two families explodes beneath the chakka-chakka-chakka of…

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