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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.
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
Becky
Nov 03, 2007 Becky 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
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.
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.
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
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
Raúl Aníbal
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
Meredith
Apr 04, 2014 Meredith rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: gn
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
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...more
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...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...more
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...more
Andrea Marley
Frustrating, negative, the opposite of uplifting .
Yofish
Jan 29, 2009 Yofish rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Yofish by: Long WaPo article
I think that I basically didn't get this book. It's a story of an average Joe (a cab driver in Tel Aviv), who has a random woman come up to him one day and say that she thinks his father died in a bombing. He hadn't heard from his father in a while, but that was just who they were. At first he doesn't believe her, but then the start investigating what happened, or might have happened. But that investigation never really grabbed me. I mostly didn't care. His father just becomes a mystery, possibl...more
Dario Malic
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Steve
Critics from Time to Entertainment Weekly to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have lauded Rutu Modan's Exit Wounds as one of the best (if not THE best) graphic novels of 2007, and had I read it a few weeks earlier, it would surely have ended up on my list of best comics of the year as well. As it is, I can only add my voice to the chorus of those who sing the praises of this book.

Set in present-day Israel, the book's central character is Koby, a young man who lives with his aunt and uncle while tryi...more
Josephus FromPlacitas
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Matthew
I didn't intend to read two graphic novls in a row both done by women and both taking place in Israel. Sarah Glidden's "How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less" makes an interesting conterpoint to "Exit Wounds", and Joe Sacco's "Palastine" for that matter.
Drawn in a simple grammer of detail and gesture in a style somewhat akin to the "clear line" style popularized by Belgian cartoonists, the artwork carries the very personal story with wit and grace. Muted colors drop things in and out of...more
Robert Beveridge
Rutu Modan, Exit Wounds (Drawn and Quarterly, 2007)

For the first couple of chapters of Exit Wounds, I wasn't terribly sure about it. Interesting story, yeah, but nothing that really jumped off the page. More fool me; Rutu Modan was just setting things up. The full scope of her deviousness shows up about ten pages before the end, and there's one frame in this book that made me stop dead in my tracks and say “wow.” Yes, out loud.

Koby is a taxi driver. Numi is a soldier. Numi is romantically involv...more
Lionel Valdellon
What it is:
Comedic/dramatic tale of familial loss and discovery, set to a background of modern Israel's chaos. Its approach: very indie art film romantric comedy.

A Tel Aviv taxi driver named Koby discovers that his estranged dad may have died in a bombing incident. He is told this by a young woman who, it turns out, was his father's lover. Their search for the father, or for proof of his death, uncovers the father's further infidelities while simultaneously revealing Koby's true character. So de...more
Brad
May 19, 2008 Brad rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
A subtle love story, a subtle mystery, a subtle cultural commentary, all tied together by vibrant colors.
What I found most compelling about Exit Wounds wasn't the plot (a taxi driver tries to figure out what happened to his no-good father) or the central relationship (between the driver and a young friend of his dad's), but the subtle, mundane way in which the Israelis live amidst terrorism and bloodshed. The driver's dad may have been killed in a suicide bombing, but that bombing (in Hadera) wa...more
Andrew Shuping
Just brief notes:

I think what caught my eye about this book first was the artwork and the choice of colors used. It's simplified realistic, mostly just the quick outline of the characters and buildings with color filled in, but its eye appealing. It's clear that Rutu understands how to use color to effectively create a scene, and in many ways the color choices remind me of how Chris Ware creates his works. I also really liked the character design, in part because the two main characters look lik...more
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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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