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Set in modern-day Tel Aviv, a young man, Koby Franco, receives an urgent phone call from a female soldier. Learning that his estranged father may have been a victim of a suicide bombing in Hadera, Koby reluctantly joins the soldier in searching for clues. His death would certainly explain his empty apartment and disconnected phone line. As Koby tries to unravel the mystery ...more
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by Drawn & Quarterly (first published 2006)
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Hamad
The art is not that interesting, and the story is not that profound. The main character is constantly living his life as defined by his childhood, and then the negative aspects of his childhood (father) comes back to confront him in indirect ways. Toward the end, the main character overcomes this, supposedly grows up and starts anew. That's about it. Now you don't actually need to read it.
Tanuj Solanki
In the world of graphic novels aspiring for serious reception, the redemptive theme (with a political / family / existential sub-text - Asterios Polyp is a good example of the last variety) has emerged as a key genre within the genre. Usually, the redemptive theme is mixed with another strong graphic novel theme - that of the 'biopic' (Persepolis is an example, sort of).

Exit Wounds is a decent one. It is a not a biopic, which is a relief. Here we see a treatment that is contextual, related to a
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Brenton Nichol
This is yet another realistic graphic novel written for adults exploring the themes of awkward love and broken familial relationships. The drawing is simple yet "realistic" and very colorful, which caught my eye. The characters are mildly compelling, but could have been more so. I don't feel that Exit Wounds really turned over any new ground in the genre; a man finds love, abandons it because of his own issues, and then, in the end, has to take a leap of faith to hold onto the good thing he's fo ...more
Rebecca
Nov 03, 2007 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults interested in graphic novels, Israel, family ties
Koby Franco is a taxi driver in Tel Aviv who is perfecting his detached, angry-young-man demeanor when he begins to be pestered by Numi, a female soldier who insists that Koby's father, with whom she was having an affair, was killed in a nearby suicide bombing. Koby hasn't spoken to his father in years and is reluctant to be pulled into any kind of action or feeling, but this one finally gets his attention through Numi's insistence and the strangeness of the clues they turn up surrounding his fa ...more
George Marshall
Modan draws superbly with a familiar Herge clear line style, but the simplicity is deceptive - she manages to animate her characters with astonishing skill, right down to the slightest gesture, glance or stance. Her story is subtle, complex, wonderfully paced. It is highly personal yet fair and and insightful. Modan has managed something rare in this medium- to write with passion without falling back into introspective (and self indulgent) auto-biography.

So this book would work as either art or
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Molly
uh oh! i devoured another graphic novel today inbetween jobs. thank goodness i don't buy these books. i mean, it would get expensive.
Schuyler
I grabbed this at the library on a whim. The art work is like nothing I've really seen before, yet not so foreign as to be distracting. She does some interesting things with her colors, and her display of water seems to stand out in my mind, which seems like an odd thing to remark on, I know. At times, Modan's art work has an almost child-like innocence which couples remarkably well with the serious subject matter: commonplace terrorism, death, complex love, fractured families, class, racism, an ...more
Kirstie
Aug 29, 2011 Kirstie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, feminist & personal graphic novels
Shelves: graphic-novels
When most random people think of graphic novels, the typically still think of the superheros with fantastical powers battling an arch nemesis or saving the world. They usually don't think of very personal or political novels (or novels that accomplish both). What Modan does well here is use the drawings to her advantage, enhancing her story. The reader sees the images intertwined poetically with the words and it just doesn't seem like it would work if either one was left out.


The story itself tha
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Jamil
this was good comics! rutu modan works in that clear line style, in the intersection of herge and jordan crane. she draws some amazing panels of ordinary things, like smoking, and swimming, and climbing trees, and captures body language with simple lines so truthfully.
Bruce
Anyone concerned by my recent dissing of Brad Meltzer's Identity Crisis as too much bother over a comic book would do well to contrast Modan's work here. Both are detective stories. Meltzer's is a classic potboiler. Thematically, it uses a (series of) murders to bring private lives into conflict with public acts, but it's more or less a straight up whodunnit. Modan's is more of a psychological drama that follows the romantic character arc of a man who is pestered into investigating his estranged ...more
Raúl Sánchez
Los lectores de historietas son en promedio, por desgracia, unos imbéciles y unos pretenciosos. He visto las calificaciones que tiene este cómic en GR y no me sorprende ni un poco lo bajas que han sido. Son lectores acostumbrados a ver superhéroes en calzones golpearse sin descanso. Sinceramente, Watchmen es un cómic estúpido cuyas mejores cualidades, para mi gusto, son meramente formales; una historieta donde los protagonistas se apresuran a hacer el amor en medio de la escena del crimen más ho ...more
Mariana Orantes
Yo estaba muy renuente a leer cómics. Si, leí el primero de Maus pero por diversas razones no leí el segundo (que ahora sí ya voy a empezar). Y debo decir que ya hasta se me había olvidado. Luego, un amigo me prestó Saga pero no lo leí. Shame on me. Así que Raúl para rescatarme de no volver a leer cómics, me llevó a una gran tienda llamada ComiCastle y escogí un cómic para leer y lo compré yo solita. No, no fue este. Éste lo compró Raúl y lo leyó en un día. No lo podía creer, pero cuando lo come ...more
Meredith
Apr 04, 2014 Meredith rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Found this just as engrossing as The Property. She presents wrenching situations believably, and paces the plot and dialogue really well, and I find her pages aesthetically appealing. The atmosphere is in the details. Lost me a bit in the middle - the character's inability to engage infected me with a certain lassitude - but by the end I was right back in it. Oh, that last frame.
DoctorM
An unexpected find--- I picked this up from the graphic novel collection at my local library and hadn't expected to like it. In the end, I found myself quite taken with it. It's about family and loss and admitting to love and loyalty in a small country, a place where sudden violence can happen at any moment. An Israeli cabdriver searches for his estranged father, who may have been killed in a suicide bombing. He meets the much, much younger girl who was his father's girlfriend, and they try to n ...more
Rascal Drrmrmrr
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Andrea
I really enjoyed the illustration of this book, but generally I only read graphic novels where I like the illustration so that's not a huge surprise. My only comment is that I liked the story enough that I was disappointed when it ended. I wanted to know more about Gabriel and how he became the man that he apparently was, or wasn't. The suicide bombings that are central to the narrative are portrayed as everyday, tragic yes, but everyday events. Modan does an excellent job of portraying the insa ...more
Don
"Do you think that every time we meet a person we should treat it like it was the last time we were ever going to see them?"

This Israeli author tells the story of Koby, a self-involved taxi driver in Tel Aviv who is approached by a female soldier regarding his father - a man she has reason to believe was one of the unidentified victims of a suicide bombing a few weeks back. Their journey of discovery and their ever-changing relationship is handled with impressive subtlety, and Modan's art is at
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Stuart
Although I've been reading them in form or another since the early 1960s (The Return of the Shmoo, by Al Capp), I'm not totally sold on graphic novels.

Exit Wounds offered up a great story, though, and believable, compelling dialogue and characters. I kept thinking I might have preferred this as a straight novel, because the writing was so good, but I was also glad for the pictures to get a sense of the Israeli landscape/cityscape.

I'd definitely read more by Rutu Modan; she has an obvious love fo
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Pustulio
Antes de empezar esta reseña les quiero decir que tiene spoilers. Sea así, continúen o no la lean.

Al principio no me había molestado tanto, ya después de digerirlo. ¿QUE PEDO CON ESTA MADRE?

Las dos estrellas que tiene se las gana por el arte, la verdad los dibujos están bonitos y muy bien hechos. Pero la historia que pedo. Siento que hasta en un punto utiliza cosas muy serias como bombardeos en el medio oriente y sufrimiento de personas para contarnos una historia que está DE LA VERGA.

La hist
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M
Rutu Modan puts her artistic skills to work in this graphic novel. Koby Franco lives with his elderly uncle and cab-driving aunt in Tel Aviv. Requested for a specific fare, Koby meets with a tall female soldier by the name of Numi, who claims that his missing father was the unidentified victim of a recent suicide bombing. Initially unwilling to listen, Koby and Numi begin a search to track down the missing Gabriel Franco. Each new lead turns up new aspects of the man's life, forcing Koby to unde ...more
Pablo
This kind of doesn't seem like it was written by a woman.

The art is fantastic. I like how it vaguely references the violence happening in the country without being about that. Uses the aftermath of war and loss as a way starting point for what is more of a personal romance narrative.

In the end it's really mixed. I might need to sit on it for awhile, or revisit later. Worth reading though.
Jamie
A touching story of two people in search of a man that may or may not be dead, and how his absence not only brings them together but drives a wedge between them. Though often emotional, it requires more thinking than feeling. Rutu Modan's cartooning is strangely distant, and sometimes a little flat, but it all fits the disaffection that lies in the gutters of the narrative.
Mark
Koby Franco is young cab driver, living in modern day Tel Aviv. Out of the blue, he receives a phone call from a female soldier, claiming his father was killed by a suicide bomber at a nearby train station. Koby has been estranged from his father for several years and at first he shrugs it off but slowly he is drawn into, finding out what happened and was this dead man really his father. The soldier also has her own mysterious agenda and together they begin a quest.
This is a terrific illustrated
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Mafi
Esperava um bocadinho mais desta graphic-novel. Pelo meio senti-me desconectada da estória e das personagens mas a caminho do fim, conseguiu recuperar o interesse.

Não sou grande fã da arte mas também não é má. Fico curiosa em ler mais trabalhos da autora.
Laura
I was excited to pick this up after enjoying “The Property” last year, also by Rutu Modan. Unfortunately, this was disappointing. The premise grabbed me: Koby, an Israeli taxi driver, receives a phone call from a female soldier who believes that his estranged father has gone missing, possibly victim to a terror attack. Koby's reflections on his father - who he was, who he became - were very moving. And I was riveted, desperate to know what happened! But the resolution to this investigation was s ...more
alana
In Exit Wounds, a tall young woman named Numi ropes a befuddled taxi driver Koby into investigating whether or not his father was the unidentified victim in a bus station bombing. Rather than focusing on the reason behind these bombings, the story looks instead at complicated family life and intimate relationships across classes in Tel Aviv. The gregarious personalities felt both realistic and like caricatures. Frequent humorous moments add some sweetness to what could come across as a very depr ...more
Matt
I didn't like this as much as the Property, but I still really enjoyed it.

I don't feel like I can talk too much about this without giving too much away, but it involves a mystery, a search for a lost relative, and sorting through feelings of bitterness towards that lost relative.

Like in the Property, the main character is flawed and yet likable. And just like the Property, it leaves one having the feeling that the author is basing some of this on real life.

The author commentary was interestin
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Raina
A taxi driver in Tel Aviv is confronted with a mystery involving the potential death of his estranged father. In the process he gets to know a young woman who is the daughter of wealth.

Modan's illustrations are crisp, and clean, with bright, stark color work. The characters are well fleshed out and absolutely imperfect. In some ways the story feels inevitable. In other ways it takes some unexpected turns. The character of the father comes to life in a somewhat surprising way.

It didn't seize my s
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Janina
I like Rutu Modan's careful use of colors to highlight what's important/what's not really relevant in a given panel. I am still on the fence whether her inconsistent portrayal of her characters' faces are deliberate (well, surely it must be) because this particular technique's underlying meaning escapes me at the moment.

Story-wise, the plot was building itself up to be a good old pseudo-political mystery novel. Because of that -once again- I am undecided whether the revelation regarding Gabriel
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Anne
What I like about Rutu Modan after having read two of her graphic novels (this one and The Property) is that there's always a mystery and it's never quite what you think it's going to be. I was turning the pages of this one at record speed to find out what had actually happened to Koby's father--and it was the last thing I could have expected. It was less dramatic, more intimate, and more interesting than anything my own imagination could have come up with.

My only complaint was that it went by
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Rutu Modan was born in Tel-Aviv in 1966. In 1992 she graduated cum laude from the illustration program at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Shortly after graduating, she began regularly writing and illustrating comic strips and stories for Israel's leading daily newspapers, as well as editing the Israeli edition of MAD magazine with Yirmi Pinkus. Together, they founded Actus Trag ...more
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