Using bright colors and cut paper, a format more commonly seen in children’s books and lighter material, makes for a strange, visually arresting contrast with the book’s surrealism and notoriously dark themes. That contrast, and the cartoony treatment of Thompson’s likeness, is irreverent, humorous, and absurd, all themes at the heart of the author’s worldview. That tone is further emphasized in the dashed-off, erratic feel of the handwritten title.
Homicide is a true crime classic that focuses on the theme of obsession: a rookie homicide detective obsessed with a murder he cannot solve. The title treatment, in addition to referencing the case files he pores over for fresh insight, show the sentences in the book describing his obsession: different theories about the crime, things he might have done differently, and new evidence that may implicate (or exonerate) his prime suspect.