The Golem of Gabirol by Olga Volozova is an unique case of storytelling, revolving around poet and scholar, Solomon Ibn Gabirol. The comic details bits and pieces of Gabirol’s life journey while introducing elements of magic, golems, and extreme surrealism. Themes presented in the book include Adam and Eve, Arabic and Hebrew lore, and several ideas conveyed in Kabbalistic context. In very short: this comic is about as spiritual as it gets.
Using nonsymmetrical and dreamy art, the beautiful part about The Golem of Gabirol is its ability to provide such a dense piece of work within 32-pages. Demanding the reader’s full-on attention with its dreamlike narrative, The Golem of Gabirol fluidly displays the spiritual life lessons of Gabirol, as well as presenting multiple perceptional outcomes to the reader with each study. Comic readers will indeed find new perceptions of the story upon looking through the comic book again, which is something most comics lack in general.
Volozova told this tale using all possible ways she could with the comic book medium, creating a dreamy blank and white atmosphere to play in, and curving words and letters around each page for the average untrained eye to get lost in. While most would deem this comic as “weird,” and dismiss its direction of storytelling and ink usage, it’s truly a magnificent, charming tale, that mature readers will definitely enjoy.