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Local by Brian Wood
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Sep 23, 08

really liked it
bookshelves: comics
Recommended for: Quick, Erin
Read in September, 2008

A beautiful, oversize collection of the 12-issue comics series by writer Brian Wood and artist Ryan Kelly. The conceit behind "Local" is that each issue represents a year (from roughly 2004 to 2006) and each highlights a different North American city. It also becomes -- almost accidentally, it seems -- the story of Megan, who slowly grows from a teenage runaway into an adult. We see how she changes with every place and watch her interact with (or just as often, avoid interacting with) new people in every location. Many of these stories, on their own, might feel a little slight. Taken together, they build into a surprisingly powerful experience.
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