In Odd We Trust (Odd Thomas Graphic Novel, #1)
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“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...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Del Rey
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Nate
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...more
Trisha
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...more
Valerie
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...more
Theresa
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,...more
Sofie
"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
Cathy
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...more
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...more
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...more
Tim
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Kevin
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
Amy
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...more
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
Melissa
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
Jessica
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...more
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...more
Ryan
Odd Thomas in graphic novel form. The art is wonderful. Exactly what I expected. The characters looked a lot like the way I'd pictured them, which always helps. The story was okay. It's very difficult to have the rich kind of experience Koontz produces in the GN format. Still the book was quite enjoyable. The best part of it for me was the end. There's an author's note that explains Koontz hopes to write 6 Odd novels, god willing. We're on #4 right now. Because I like the character so much I'm p...more
Donna
I so am not into graphic novels. I borrowed the book from the library as I really like Odd Thomas books and was startled to find I had a graphic novel. Koontz's writing made it a worthwhile read although it is more like reading a short story than a true novel.
Odd Thomas is roped into helping a friend of his girlfriend.She had received some very scary letters that seemed to be from a stalker. She ignored the first few but they got increasingly strange so she took them to the police who refused t...more
Ed
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Katie
This book was suppose to take place before "Odd Thomas" (the first book of the series) So that gave me then impression that it was going to explain how or why he had this sixth sense or at least give us a more in depth look on how he feels about having it. It seemed like that was not the case. It was just another story. I was not sure if I wanted to read this graphic novel or not because I have imagined all the Odd characters in my head and did not want to be shown what they were "suppose" to lo...more
Jordan
Odd Thomas as a manga? I was skeptical. But its actually good....This series serves as sort of a prequel to the novels, as will be obvious to anyone who has actually read them (the presence of a certain character kinda gives it away....), and if you haven't I urge you to go out and get a copy of Odd Thomas right now. NOW!

I really enjoyed this, but I think my experience was enhanced by already knowing and loving the characters. While you COULD read this cold, never having read the novels before,...more
Lisa Rathbun
I enjoy reading graphic novels from time to time. My biggest problem with this one was the incongruity between the horror of the crime and the blase attitudes of the main characters. Odd, Stormy, and the babysitter just didn't seem torn up enough about it. Instead they're cracking jokes and Odd is making the babysitter a smiley face on a pancake. This sort of detachment really rubbed me the wrong way. I know graphic novels, especially manga, often rely on humor, but it went over badly with me. O...more
Terrill
I am dabbling in graphic novels. Oh, dear, remember when we called them comic books? Well, now it is commic books for grown ups. I liked this book. I have NEVER read Dean Koontz before and seeing the graphic novel version of this author was enough for me to go, why not! I liked it. I don't know how Mr. Koontz usually writes, but the writing was quite basic. Actually it would be a good ADL (adult learners) book. The illustrations were expressive, and I felt proud of myself there too, as they are...more
BluestockingBabe
Despite the sad nature (murder) & romance/relationship aspects, I rather enjoyed this book. The storyline and great artwork make me plan to borrow/read the next one. I would have given this 4 stars but for the romance part.
I'm sorry, but while I think it's great if one is fortunate enough to meet someone who one is truly compatible with; I think meeting them when you're still in your teens (or 20s) is unfortunate timing because those should be the fun years of parties, hobbies/interests, tr...more
melydia
I've read the first three Odd Thomas novels. I really enjoyed the first one (Odd's a pretty nifty character) but the second two, not so much. So when I heard the new graphic novel was actually a prequel to the first book, I got interested. And you know, it was pretty okay. The art wasn't stellar but it was actually pretty fantastic to actually get to see Pico Mundo, Stormy, and the rest. And since it was just pictures and dialogue, most of Koontz's purple prose was left out, making it a much tig...more
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