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Any Empire by Nate Powell
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Feb 02, 12

bookshelves: 2012, ya, graphic-novel
Read in January, 2012

If I could go 3.5 stars here, I would. Like the reviewer on "Comics Journal," I wasn't quite sure what to make of this graphic novel when it ended. Up until that point, however, it's a fever dream from my childhood. Great visual storytelling, although sometimes the precise narrative thread is elusive and character relationships remain opaque. The book ruminates quite intensely on the power of stories - especially violent fantasies - in the minds of young adolescents. I did like the artwork, and many scenes felt pulled directly from my childhood. However, after a first reading, those pieces added up to more puzzlement than awe.
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