What begins as a story of loneliness and depression unfurls to reveal the many losses and the breaking of Marin. A college freshman, she is the lone rWhat begins as a story of loneliness and depression unfurls to reveal the many losses and the breaking of Marin. A college freshman, she is the lone resident of the dormitory over holiday break. She is visited by a friend from her old life, Mabel. What is the mysterious magnetism and sadness between them? Why does Marin have no family to go to? LaCour's artistic unspooling of story is surprising, elegant and touching.
"I wonder if there's a secret current that connects people who have lost something."...more
Very disappointing. After reading great memoirs and autobiographies by Katharine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall, I was saddened at the lack of depth and inVery disappointing. After reading great memoirs and autobiographies by Katharine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall, I was saddened at the lack of depth and insight in Ms. deHavilland's writing. The book (reprinted last year) is physically beautiful and that's its best quality. ...more
* This graphic novel is NOT FOR KIDS. It is meant for mature audiences…who like gory stuff.*
Having never read Volume 1 of Demon, I was expecting to ha* This graphic novel is NOT FOR KIDS. It is meant for mature audiences…who like gory stuff.*
Having never read Volume 1 of Demon, I was expecting to have a bit of an issue sinking into Volume 2. Instead, I immediately responded to the strange, dark, action-packed book. The summary for Volume 1 is told through a set of 20 square frames. We see that Jimmy Yee wants to die because his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident. He devises a plan to avenge their death which entails robbing a bank. He is arrested and killed. After he’s killed he possesses whatever body is nearest to him. He is a demon.
“From the brilliant and profane mind of Jason Shiga, known for his high-concept comics work on the web and in print, comes a magnum opus: a four-volume mystery adventure about the shocking chaos (and astronomical body count) one highly rational and utterly sociopathic man can create in the world, given a single simple supernatural power.” -First Second Books
Volume 2 continues the story with Jimmy trying to understand the nuances and limits of his demon abilities. He does this by killing a variety of people and possessing their bodies. How long do the possessions take, are they instantaneous? If he possesses someone with advanced or deficient mental abilities will that transfer to him? Which components of a person are mental and which are physical? When Jimmy kills/possesses someone, people still see the original person, head and all. But he (and we as the reader) she the new person’s body with Jimmy’s head on it. When Jimmy looks in a mirror he sees his own face, but when he touches his face he feels the features of the person he has possessed. It is this attention to detail and high level of creative thinking that pulled me into the story. It’s fascinating to look at and think about.
Jimmy goes on to learn that his daughter is still alive, that she is a demon too, and that demonism is a genetic trait. There are some epic fight scenes, a conspiracy theory, an action packed plane segment and a good-ole cliff hanger ending that leaves readers anxious to crack open Volume 3, which will be released in July of this year.
Shiga’s illustrations are enviably simplistic. He has a masterful understanding of scale and depth perception and plays with what is included in each frame. For example, in the pages above there are no two frames with the same background, each frame propels the story forward.
Jimmy is a fully unlikeable, deplorable human, yet if you allow yourself to question the idea of demons, to focus on his unyielding love for his daughter and listen to the ideas of this innovative storyteller, there is a rich payoff.
Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars Publication date: February 7, 2017 ISBN:978-1-62672-453-2 Page Count: 214 pages Publisher: First Second
It's hard to believe that this was written by the same author as Frankenstein. This text though it has some beautiful sentence structure, is redundantIt's hard to believe that this was written by the same author as Frankenstein. This text though it has some beautiful sentence structure, is redundant and rushes through important scenes while lingering in boring moments. Interesting to read to see the growth of a writer but it made for a long 150 pages. ...more
A huge component for how we receive the art that we consume is where we're at in our personal lives at the time of consumption. The narrative in CommoA huge component for how we receive the art that we consume is where we're at in our personal lives at the time of consumption. The narrative in Commonwealth largely consists of people analyzing their decisions, careers and loves and how they have driven their life path and this directly coincides with my thought patterns of late.
To say that this is simply a reflective novel doesn't give it the entirety of praise that it deserves. There is an undercurrent theme of health, some we can control, and some that will happen to us no matter what action we may take to protect ourselves. There is also a question of beauty, it's value and power. It deals with fame, the cost of secrets and the value of privacy.
The lifespan of the characters, the twists and turns of the marriages and illnesses and deaths and the beauty of language and flow of story reminded me of reading The World According to Garp for the first time.
As I listened to this as an audio book, I am certain that I will revisit the text and hope to live longer in the world of the Cousins and the Keatings.
“Bad habits were all a matter of perspective, and as long as the present was viewed through the lens of the past, anyone would say he was doing a spectacular job.”
“All the stories go with you, Franny thought, closing her eyes. All the things I didn’t listen to, won’t remember, never got right, wasn’t around for.” ...more
The first half of the book was much stronger than the second half. I never fully connected with the narrative. Would've preferred examining this titleThe first half of the book was much stronger than the second half. I never fully connected with the narrative. Would've preferred examining this title in a class with some background information, knowledge of the biblical references, etc....more