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Exit Wounds

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  3,815 ratings  ·  285 reviews
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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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
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
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
In a weird way this seems to me an all mixed up retelling of Jane Eyre, with its plain heroes, one wealthy, one poor, and the mystery person in the attic (very metaphorical and something of a stretch, but why not.) There is something of Bronte and Dickens in it, because it's a comic novel, with a lot of realism and a touch of absurdity and magic. But while there are hints of some of the classics in it, it is so contemporary and Israeli, leaving the reader to navigate a sad, funny and brutish wor ...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
uh oh! i devoured another graphic novel today inbetween jobs. thank goodness i don't buy these books. i mean, it would get expensive.
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
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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I really don't have that much to say about Exit Wounds. I really didn't find it that impactful. And it's not that Israel is too far away; I've read plenty of Israeli stories that hit me really hard. It's just kind of meh.

I think it's the story that's the worst. It lacks depth. We see an adult who hasn't had contact with his father in some time and a random stranger comes up to him to tell him she thinks he was killed in a suicide bombing, although she has no p
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.
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
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.
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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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
One of these reviewers pointed out that the artwork isn't that great, and the story isn't that profound. I can definitely understand that opinion, and I couldn't agree with it less. Very little happens in Exit Wounds, yes. But also, in a beautifully subtle and intelligent way, everything happens. Perhaps the most exciting thing about it is that it is clearly the work of an artist who has much more to give, and the generosity to deliver. Rutu Modan easily deserves a seat with Dash Shaw, Jeffrey B ...more
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
"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
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
Karen Mardahl
I finished reading Rutu Modan's Exit Wounds and was contemplating what to write for my review. I thought it would be very short: "Interesting illustration and colouring technique. Different kind of story." And then I had a conversation with someone else about something completely different where I found it relevant to bring up something from this story. And now I have a much longer review.

Reading a graphic novel from a culture that is different from yours has benefits over a novel with text only
John Pistelli
Exit Wounds is a bittersweet and rather misleadingly-packaged love story; it is told through serviceable but often inexpressive ligne claire drawing and superb coloring—the generally warm, bright palette creates the unified tone of this melancholy but charming Israeli graphic novel.

The plot of Exit Wounds starts from the possibility that the hero's ne'er-do-well father has been killed in a suicide bombing. The father's current lover, a much-younger female soldier (from a wealthy family) named Nu
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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
I really dig Rutu Modan's style. Her color schemes and the way she draws people is particularly appealing; her characters feel very real (but also like pretty cartoons) with actually lines on their necks and bellies and all the things people actually have! The simpler panels contrast beautifully with more complicated, detailed scenes, like the sand on the beach or the inside of the hood of the taxi.

This story is the kind of story that I'm a total sucker for: two people meet because of a strange
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
Andrea Stoeckel
The storyline of this book almost detracts from its graphic aspects (I am one who has always appreciated a good story over its illustrations). Koby is a young adult in Israel whose family is estranged. An unidentified corpse from a bombing brings him together with pieces of his father's past and present, but he's still abandoning people along the way.

The story has roots in Israeli reality. This is a very wounded country. The author, a well known Israeli graphic artist, uses the medium to get the
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.
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.
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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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