David Mack is the writer, artist and creator behind Kabuki, one of the most highly acclaimed independent comic series of all time. Somewhere near the nexus of Nabokov, pulp sci-fi, and Joseph Cornell’s collages, Kabuki pushes the boundaries of what is possible in an action-adventure comic. While putatively about the exploits of an assassin in future Japan, Mack’s book concerns itself less with the momentum of a plot than with memory, symbolism, spirituality, dreams and philosophy. His hall-of-mirrors story bends back in on itself as his titular character sheds and dons identity, attempting not to lose herself in the process. Mack traces and retraces her past, showing us the triumph and tragedy of memory, and the double-edged sword of reinvention.
Mack brings just as much artistry to the work he does for Marvel, having served as the writer and artist of several Daredevil titles among many other works. Rather than adapting his work to a standard superhero approach, he brings the Marvel universe into his world, utilizing objects, photographs and variety of art styles in his multi-layered artwork. One of the most uniquely inventive creators in comics, David Mack effortlessly bridges the worlds of independent and mainstream comics with the power of his inimitable voice.