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In Odd We Trust (Odd Thomas Graphic Novel #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  5,429 ratings  ·  268 reviews
“Meet a young man named Odd . . . who helps the dead get even."

From the infinite imagination of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes the suspenseful graphic-novel debut of a natural-born hero with a supernatural twist.

Odd Thomas is a regular nineteen-year-old with an unusual gift: the ability to see the lingering spirits of the dead. To Odd, it’s not such
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Del Rey
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I liked Odd Thomas #1, had mixed but mostly positive feelings about the others, and am a fan of graphic novels, so I thought this would be at least decent. So wrong. Unnatural dialogue, lazy plot, stupid and unbelievable character reactions and attitudes.

I'll change some plot details slightly to avoid anything beyond mild spoilers.

1) Let's say there's a teenaged character whose father comes home. The father says, "Hey, how was your day?" The teenager responds, "Hello father. I had a satisfying
This was my first trip into the world of graphic novels. Having already been in love with the Odd Thomas series for a few years, it was a good place to start.

My favorite part of the whole book was being able to put faces to the characters and also getting a glimpse of the world of Pico Mundo, California where Odd and Stormy live. What took some getting used to was the simplicity of the writing and the over-the-top drama that's added to the dialogue. Keeping in mind that graphic novels are basica
This is my second attempt at Koontz or third, I can't be sure. This one reminded me a little of the first I'd read. It had a regular guy who didn't want to be famous, doesn't want to live in a big city, or anything but possesses a gift. In this case he can see ghosts. There is a girl, she's pretty and tough. They been together for a few years I think. The only reason they haven't gotten married is because something in Stormy's past still prevents her.

The illustrations surprised me because it loo
This one was a let down because I was expecting so much more.

First, I was expecting nice glossy pages with color not a smaller than trade paperback sized book with regular paper pages and all black and white graphics.

Second, I was expecting a more complex story not just Odd Thomas, local cook who also sees ghosts, helping the police solve a crime. This could have been more complex but it the telling of the story both in narrative and in graphics was very simplistic.

Third, it being Dean Koontz,
Desiree Brunelle
in odd we trust is about a guy " my name is Odd Thomas, and i see dead people" who also is a great fry cook that makes amazing pancakes in a dinner run by a women named terry who is very nice. the whole story is about a boy named joey who is stabbed to death by a stalker who leaves unmarked letters cut out with magazine letters. Odd's friend stormy is the one who keeps getting the letters because she is the one who is a baby sister for multiple kids. Odd, Stormy (odds girlfriend), Sherry (stormy ...more
"In Odd we Trust" we meet eighteen year old Odd. He works at a dinner and is known for his awesome ability for making pancakes and his gift of talking to dead people. Actually he can only see them since spirits can't talk. The town sheriff tends to talk to him about his murder cases and Odd usually communicates with the dead victims to catch the guilty party. Catching the murderer sets the spirits at peace and they are able to cross over. Odd is dating an Orphan named Stormy, who he has been dat ...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
In the small town of Pico Mundo, an unassuming fry cook by the outlandish name of Odd Thomas has a special ability; he can see the dead. They can't speak to him but they have their own ways of communicating. After the murder of a small boy, Odd sees his spirit wandering around. It's obvious the boy wants justice. His nanny, an old friend of Odd's girlfriend Stormy, is worried that the killer might be targeting her other charge, a young girl. Odd and Stormy vow to do what they can to help protect ...more
I am not familiar with Dean Koontz, although I know the name and I know that some of my students have read things from this author, but when I saw another main stream author with a graphic novel, I figured now was a good time to check him out. (Other authors adapting a familiar character/series to graphic stylings: D.J. MacHale - The Merchant of Death: Pendragon Graphic Novel; Neil Gaiman - Coraline; Stephen King Gunslinger: The Dark Tower; Erin Hunter Warriors series).

This book introduced me to
Nancy Reynolds
I love Odd Thomas books, so I thought that I would give this one a try. It's not the format that I am used to reading, but since my daughter is always buying these graphic novels, I thought I would give this one a try. I am glad I did. I really enjoyed the format and it was a nice change of pace from reading my usual novels.
Nope, didn't enjoy this at all. The art was good, but the story and dialogue were fairly lame. I haven't ever read any Dean Koontz novels before, and I have to say that this does not give me the desire to do so.
Dani Chakra
“Meet a young man named Odd . . . who helps the dead get even."

Let me first mention that I am not familiar with the other Odd Thomas stories nor have I ever read a single book written by Dean Koontz except In Odd We Trust. So coming from the perspective of someone who is not already familiar with nineteen-year-old Odd, I rather enjoyed this graphic novel. It's a great intro to the other Odd books and the fact that it's manga-style will attract curious teens and young adults. Odd's daily dealings
Gareth Otton
I don't really have much good to say about this graphic novel.

I have recently read the first two books in the Odd Thomas series and the characters in this graphic novel share the names but nothing else. At no point did I feel as though this was an Odd Thomas story but instead it felt like some lame fan-fiction.

The characters were so far removed from their novel counterparts that Odd was barely more than a boy who walked from scene to scene just to tie the story together and for some reason Sto
My Grade = 75% - C

I grew up reading 10 cent comic books in the late 50's and early 60's -probably because I was a very visual learner - mostly DC and Classics Illustrated, then went on to read the books the Classics Illustrateds were based on. All that probably helped allow me to become a high school English teacher for my entire adult life. As I grew older, I moved on, across the ocean, to Asterix and Tintin.

At some point in my life, I don't know when, comic books became graphic novels, and tha
Somehow I liked this adaptation better than the novel.

This is a graphic novel that is a prequel to a popular book series, Odd Thomas. In my opinion, the first book of the series had some great ideas, but fell flat due to annoying writing quirks and unrealistic characters.

I'm not sure I understand why it was adapted in this style. Nothing about Odd Thomas ever screamed "manga" to me, but apparently it got the author's blessing. I've never really loved the manga style, but the illustrator here sh
This was ok, but not special. It was done in a manga style, and the story moved quickly. The book was broken down into logical segments, and the adaptation seems reasonable enough.

I can't say I generally love black and white, bit I do at times. This work would have greatly benefitted from color because the story itself asks for it with its juxtaposition of horror and zaniness.

What it did well was capture the voice of Odd Thomas. Fans won't be totally disappointed, graphic novel fans will find
I have read the first two Odd Thomas books, the first of which was intriguing and entertaining, and the second of which was quite disappointing. Nonetheless, I have the next two novels and will rad them. Picked this up at a used bookstore, and thought "Huh! Graphic novel!" So off I went to read it, which is set in the time before the end of the first novel (you'll see why), and entails finding the murderer of a young boy who enlists Odd's aid; the revelation of the murderer, his motive and the d ...more
David Peters
Why I read It
I keep hearing a lot about how graphic novels are a growing media for new novels for the young people. Of course they are developing movies from them, which has my interest. Rather than dismissing it as an extra long comic book I decided to try a few, though I can’t bring myself to count it as a “book read.” Anyways I picked this one up because I have read several of Koontz’s books. I also picked up a more traditional Japanese one to read later as well.

The Good
Very easy to read, and
Nicholas Jobe
I’m not too sure what to say about this one. As I stated previously, Odd Thomas is a brilliant book, and one of my favorites. It’s had some good-but-not-as-good-as-the- original sequels. But now it’s traveled into new territory: the graphic novel. In Odd We Trust is a prequel to the first book, and fits into the same level as the sequels (not quite as good as the first).

The story here is that Odd Thomas, a young fry cook who can see the dead (though they don’t speak), who tries to help them eith
Perry Reed
I'm not big on manga, or any comics for that reason, but I did very much like Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas books, so I thought I'd give the comic books a try. This one, and the sequel, aren't bad, in fact they're better than I thought they would be, but they're nowhere near as good as the original novels. They're prequels, set in the desert town of Pico Mundo before the events of the first book. The main characters of the original book are there, including Odd Thomas, his girlfriend, his "destiny" S ...more
Heidi Tighe
I Had to Read this Book Because--Hello--It's Odd Thomas

I stumbled across this book at a friend's house. Although I generally don't like graphic novels, once I realized there were more stories in the Oddoverse, I had to read this one. The story is solid. Evil, crafty villain; heroic Odd; fun, gun-packing Stormy. I even laughed a few times, which was nice. I can't speak to the quality of the illustrations because I know nothing about graphic novels, but I could tell what was going on in the pictur
Elizabeth Barone
I enjoyed all of the Odd Thomas novels, and grew up reading manga, so I figured In Odd We Trust was worth a shot. For the most part, I enjoyed it. The story was fun, and I really liked that it was a prequel to Odd Thomas and we got to see some old characters again. (I really missed Stormy.) The dialogue and narration were great, too.

I knew going in that the art would be manga style. The artist, Queenie Chan, is Korean, so her manga is heavily influenced by Korean style manga and anime. Her art i
Odd Thomas is more than just a pancake and fry cook at a small town diner. But the other side of his life is something he doesn't quite share with everyone. Much like Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense, he sees dead people walking amongst the living. And he does his best to help them so they can move on from this limbo between the living and the dead. In Odd We Trust finds Odd helping a young boy who was murdered by a man who was actually stalking his nanny, who is best friends with Odd's girl ...more
Koontz's Odd Thomas is an interesting character. He's unusually sensitive for a 19-year-old fry cook. His girlfriend is a fearless, gun-toting bad ass. He assists in bringing criminals to justice. He can see dead people. Sounds like a good idea for a series, and should have made a decent transition to graphic novel. It didn't.

Without the normal flow of Koontz's prose, this book fell flat. Part of the beauty of Koontz is his mastery of description and pacing. What you get in this particular graph
Alexis Neal
Kind of disappointing. I think Dean Koontz is just too verbal a writer to translate well into graphic novels. Odd Thomas's inner monologue is severely truncated, and Koontz doesn't get to flex his descriptor muscles. (Which is both good and bad--sometimes in his novels, it seems like Koontz is using words just to use them and not because they're the actual word that flows naturally. Still, it's obvious that he loves words, and the lack of verbal flavor makes the graphic novel a little lackluster ...more
Christine Gilbert
The best part of the book is when Koontz explains that everything in the first chapter of the first book is critical to the ending of the 6th book- that everything we need to know is in those first few pages (makes me think about Mark Wahlberg in The Departed). Other than that, the graphics were okay and plot okay- I think Stormy was a little too fire arm consumed than she is in the story or movie- she was more intense than the relaxed figure that I loved in the first book.
Odd Thomas is often sought out by the local police chief... not that he's a bad guy, but he has a gift. He has the ability to see dead people. Did I mention that he frequently speaks to Elvis. Yes, THE Elvis and in his living room no less! When an acquaintance of his and Stormy's (his girlfriend) has a horrible encounter with her stalker/killer and her seven year old babysitting charge is murdered Odd jumps at the chance to help her. He also has seen little Joey's ghost around town and needs to ...more
Having recently become a fan of Dean Koontz' Odd Thomas, I immediately added this book to my list. I saw that it was a "graphic novel" and figured I'd try it any way. Yeah. Let's just say this will probably be my *last* graphic novel.

If you don't already know, graphic novels are comic books that have grown up. This one was in a decidedly Japanese-anime style, where eyes are too large, expressions too extreme (annoying how worry/stress/anxiety are all conveyed with a sweat/tear drop looking thing
Maria Särnhammar
En seriebok om Odd Thomas som utspelar sig före första boken i serien. Kul att återse Odd och Stormy, tänker läsa de andra serieböckerna också samt resten avbokserien som jag inte läst nu när sista boken kommit ut. Gillar sättet Koontz skriver på, att Odd pratar/tänker så mycket. Man får ingen beskrivning av hur Odd ser ut eftersom allt man läser är det som Odd ser och beskriver. Gillar :)
Meh--contrasting this medium to the typical "Odd" series I greatly enjoy. .. This rates considerably lower! I do not believe it is merely the new graphic medium presented here as I have greatly enjoyed this exact type of changeover with the Kim Harrison "Hollows" series previously. I feel the storyline itself short changed me with sub-par story & character details. It was "OK" only.
Trooper Jay
Where to start...
I am a huge Dean Koontz fan and if possible an even bigger ODD THOMAS fan. I have been immersed in the world of ODD THOMAS for 9 years and 5 books ... (4 full length Novels and Now the Graphic Novel Prequil) so when I heard of a graphic novel prequil I couldn't wait tm read it. However I do have to say that I was less than thrilled with the outcome. Now I can understand the story falling a little shirt given it was meant to be a comic book but the artwork was just wrong! Queeni
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