What Sacco excels at is storytelling, and in examining himself as he examines the world around him. His drawings journalistic. They are appealing enough, but they’re not the appeal.
With Zeina Abirached’s A Game from Swallows excerpt in the latest Words Without Borders, I don’t feel I’m learning new facts about Beirut. The war fractured the city: check. But Abirached’s stark, sometimes veined, sometimes deathly life-portraits of a city don’t require an exciting narrative. I’m reading just to see where the imagery will go next.