beautiful linework is not enough to save dead-eyed characters within a meaningless plot.
if "pistouvi" is supposed to be an extended metaphor, it fell flat for me. the components for a classic modern fairytale are all there – whimsical girl, anthropomorphic fox, wind spirit, machine man, ominous birds – but they remain the sum of their parts. there is no character development, no explanations, not even any true cohesion between chapters; the book simply starts and keeps going until it doesn't.
the art, while crisp and pleasingly stylized overall, contains several quirks: lifeless eyes, strangely detailed teeth (but only for the girl), and a few oddly-angled panels.
ultimately, i wanted from "pistouvi" something that it was ill-equipped to give. i wanted a fairytale; i got disjointed vignettes.
thank you to netgalley and diamond book distributors - magnetic press for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.