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Persia Blues, Vol.1

2.91 of 5 stars 2.91  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Minoo Shirazi is a rebellious young Iranian woman struggling to define herself amid the strict social conventions of an oppressive regime and the wishes of an overbearing father. She is also a free-spirited adventurer in a fantasy world, a place where aspects of modern America and ancient Persia meld into a unique landscape. Blending Eastern and Western civilization with e ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by NBM Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Nicola Mansfield
An historical epic that alternates between the Persian Empire and modern day Iran. Interestingly, the story takes place "here" in Persia and "there" in Iran. This is an unusual set up for a book that takes place in the past and present and intrigues me with where it will go in future volumes. Both stories are separate and feature brave women, one a warrior; the other stands up for her rights as a woman in a country where she could be jailed by the "morality police". The women have the same first ...more
The book starts “HERE. A PECULIAR TOWN ON THE OUTER REACHES OF THE PERSIAN EMPIRE. SEEMINGLY OUT OF PLACE YET ODDLY FAMILIAR…” It appears to be a sword and sorcery fantasy setting, and Minoo and her companion Troy, have recovered some stolen treasure and having disposed of the guards they fight their way out with sword and a magic blast from Minoo’s palm when suddenly the story shifts to “THERE. SHIRAZ, IRAN. 4 YEARS AGO.” where Minoo Shirazi is driving an automobile while conversing with her fa ...more
I won Persia Blues in a Goodreads giveaway.

Persia Blues is a welcome addition to the category of graphic novels and comic books that deal with Iran in some way. There are only a few books in this category – only Persepolis and Zahra’s Paradise, and maybe Prince of Persia (lol), come to mind. Persia Blues is in good company.

Persia Blues is a tale of two “Minoo”s – one lives in contemporary Iran; the other exists in a setting that is at times reminiscent of ancient Persia, at others reminiscent
Cathy Bryant
I adored this. And I've won awards for both good and bad writing, so Iknow the difference! This isn't good - it's better than that - it's terrific. And no, I don't know the authors! I was delighted to receive this as part of the Goodreads giveaway, and I feel very lucky to have had the chance to read it.
Minoo is a modern Iranian woman, chafed by the restraints of family and religious culture. But Minoo is also an adventurer in ancient Persia, battling strange beasts, trying to save a Zoroastrian
It's awesome to see a comic talk about Zoroastrianism and the parts concerning it were fascinating. And the story itself is a really cool idea. The plot was interesting, though the dialogue was clunky. But the artwork wasn't great, especially on the characters, and that pulled me out of the story.
A solid start to what could be a good series. Its a bit hard to keep up with the time skipping but its still an enjoyable read.
Derek Royal
An interesting look at the post-revolutionary Iranian experience through the perspective of a young female...who is not named Satrapi. The story goes back and forth between contemporary Iran and what appears to be a fantastical or imaginary narrative set in the "now." This is the first installment of a series, I guess.
3 1/2 stars. I didn't love the art, but I liked the contemporary story set in Iran a lot. I'm not sure about the other part of the story, which seems to be in ancient Persia, but I assume it will be revealed what is going on at some point. It isn't bad, I just don't get it yet.
I donated to the kickstarter for this book. Boy am I disappointed. Bad art poor storytelling. What a bad book. I do not see how they will be more volumes printed
I liked the story much more than I liked the art, which seemed a bit generic and uneven to me.
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Dara Naraghi was born in Iran, but has made Columbus, Ohio his home for most of his life. His debut graphic novel LIFELIKE, a collection of slice-of-life vignettes, garnered many positive reviews from the likes of award-winning novelist Cory Doctorow, and cartoonist Sam Kieth.

His other notable graphic novels include: TERMINATOR SALVATION official movie prequel (3 weeks on the NYT Best Sellers list
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