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Neil Young's Greendale by Joshua Dysart
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Jul 31, 10

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Read in July, 2010

A solid but somewhat slow-paced graphic novel set in the world of Greendale, first created in the concept rock & roll album by Neil Young. It is largely a portrait of the Green family, a family that helped establish the town of Greendale and has long, historical roots to the area. The main focus, though, is 18-year-old Sun Green. A senior in high school at the start of the book, she is in the early stages of leaving things like classes and cheerleading behind for a bigger, more important life. With the start of the Iraq/US war as a backdrop, the tale has touches of magical realism and symbolism to get us to the main point: Sun, like the generations of Green women before her, is there to help start a revolution for peace and connection to the earth.

Although the ideas are really big, I'm not sure it's a wholly successful work. The pacing is a little sluggish and a lot of the big themes of the story are driven home with a sledgehammer. In contrast, though, there are some really touching, quiet moments with the family. Chang's art fits in nicely, balancing the real and unreal moments of the story with a fairly realistic style that approaches a look I often think of as the Vertigo style. Some of his energized layouts and design choices save what could be a sluggish work.
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