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Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
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Jul 06, 11

bookshelves: from_work, ya, comics
Recommended to furious by: Jordan
Recommended for: kids
Read from July 05 to 06, 2011, read count: 1

somewhere between a 3 & 4 star book, i think. Doug TenNapel is an artist. amazing storyteller with brilliant comic timing. reading this really felt like watching a cartoon. part of that was the color, which is beautiful. Scholastic puts together a nice looking comic book.

in truth, this is an excellent book. it appeals to, & is appropriate for, a wide age range. it's fun, has lots of action, it's silly, it's scary (okay, it's not ever really that scary, and sometimes it's INCREDIBLY silly, to the point of being ridiculous), it has a good message. but it does, on one or two notable occasions, get a little heavy-handed in its religiosity. i'm not necessarily opposed to that, either. i consider myself a Christian, insofar as i think people should try to emulate Christ in their lives & deeds & shit. but. i DO get prickly whenever the message is, "there is but one way to salvation, and it is this way." that just takes me out of the story. i was able to get back in, but i wasn't fully invested. a younger reader wouldn't even notice, though. they'd just be subtly indoctrinated into the idea that the only way into the Heaven hole is through the personal intercession of a magical man with nail wounds in his palms.
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