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3.17  ·  Rating details ·  242 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Private Mallory Grennan had done terrible things as an Abu Ghraib prison worker. After being discharged from the army, Mal thought she was leaving her sins behind to start a new life back home. But some things can't be left behind - some things don't want to be left behind! Featuring Joe Hill and Jason Ciaramella, the writing team that brought you the Eisner-award nominate ...more
Hardcover, 124 pages
Published December 24th 2013 by IDW Publishing
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Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
The story of a soldier recently returned from Abu Ghraib. Someone starts stalking her while she tries to recover from the atrocities she committed while at the prison. It's a pretty bare bones story. It's hard to care about any of the characters when they are all dirt bags.
Sam Quixote
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
A soldier who did terrible things in Abu Ghraib (but wasn’t caught) returns to America and tries to re-assimilate back into civilian life. But the past still haunts her and then one day someone starts leaving thumbprints on notes in her house, her car… what does it mean and could someone from those dark days in the Middle East be returning to exact vengeance?

Thumbprint is an adaptation of a Joe Hill short story (it says “novella” on the cover and though it’s never been agreed upon exactly how m
Emily May
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was a somewhat disappointing graphic novel from Joe Hill that relied too much on empty shock tactics and gory images. It's a quick read and compelling enough that readers will likely find themselves finishing it in one sitting, but the story lacks any real substance. The element of the story that had the most potential, in my opinion, was the exploration of the protagonist's state of mind after she was responsible for horrific acts in Abu Ghraib. It could have been a far more fascinating re ...more
David Schaafsma
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Jason Ciaramella's adaptation of Joe Hill's story. Woman returns from working, with great regret, about things she did at Abu Gharaib, and you never really leave that behind… and so the horror continues, very violently and disturbingly, it's real life horror. Like the other one they did, The Cape, it is over the top violent and crazy. Not my usual fare, but Hill is a good storyteller in this genre…. but most people are not gonna love it, I am guessing, for all the psycho-ness and because we lea ...more
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
"You’d be surprised what you can do to people".

I haven’t read or watched a lot of fiction that has to do with war. I've only really seen a handful of movies and the majority of them paint soldiers in a glowing light. I’m not about to sit here and criticize those who put themselves directly in harm’s way on a daily basis – a job I could never find the balls to do myself – I’ll leave that to others; others like Joe Hill.

The bulk of this story follows Mal Greenfell, a soldier that returned from Ira
Travis Starnes
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sometimes when reading these longer books, rather than individual issues, I like to get something down on paper before I finish reading, or as in this case, within the first few pages of the story. I was due to review this a few days ago, but when I opened the book and saw the dreary drudging art with the only true colour being blood red, I swiftly closed the review file and opened up my nice shiny copy of Amazing X-Men and reviewed that instead. This is not a book to go to for a nice casual rea ...more
Feb 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
So, Stephen King's son wrote a relentlessly awful novella about an Iraq war veteran, and a couple of other guys decided to adapt it into a graphic novel. Along the way Hill & his adaptors manage to perpetuate every negative stereotype of veterans afflicted with PTSD. Simply put, Joe Hill's novella is shameful and lazy Jason Ciaramella & Vic Malhotra's adaptation of Hill's novella is shameful and lazy.

The main character of Thumbprint is a Lynndie England stand-in named Mallory. Like Engla
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
I think the story works better in graphic novel form. The extra star is for the bonus bear short!
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I love comics. If you have ever read my blog you would know that at times there are more graphic novel reviews posted than actual books. One series that I have been a big fan of is Joe Hill's Locke and Key. I really enjoyed the writing in the series. I am not a fan of his novels much, because I keep comparing him to his dad Stephan King. Every time I do, Hill comes up short, and I just can't get into the book. His graphic novel series was different for me and I really liked it. When i saw this K ...more
Wayne McCoy
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Mallory Grennan returns from Iraq and tries to pick up the pieces of her broken life. Someone from her past starts sending her thumbprints and she needs to find out who. The truth she finds is gruesome and revealing of who she really might be.

This is based on a short story by Joe Hill, and, while it's not as horrific as some of his other work, it has an inward darkness to it. From Mallory's confession of her past in Iraq, which she seems to have no qualms about, to the constant pressure from her
Cristian Coppola
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-m-finished
Fue un gran error haber leído primero la novela gráfica y luego el relato original (ambos incluidos en la edición de Panini en español). El relato es bueno, simplemente eso... ahora la adaptación del relato al comic es pésima ya que no respeta la historia de varios de los personajes y realiza una interpretación muyyyy libre del relato original. Creo que no ha sido muy acertado incluir ambos en un mismo tomo.
Así que, si tienen pensado adquirir el comic de Panini lean primero el relato original y
Dec 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Wow koliko je ovo loše.
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying graphic novels, I thought I had grown out of comics... Guess I was wrong.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
That, just wow! The original short story was very, very good, but this just took it up a notch.

A woman comes back from the military (without honor) where she was an interpreter who helps with interrogation. She was not only good at it, but enjoyed it a bit much.

In just over a hundred pages, the writer and illustrator managed to invest you in this woman you simply cannot like and also make you feel fear on her behalf. Fear for her. That's quite a feat when you don't care for someone.

Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leí primero el comic y luego el relato en el que fue basado...error
me gustó mucho mas el relato que el comic, refleja una verdadera personalidad alterada como imagino que serán las personas que pasaron por la guerra, y mas las que se dedican a "ciertas" tareas dentro de la guerra...
No le veo el sentido a cambiar la historia original, se podría haber hecho el comic igual...
En fin, el comic me gustó, pero es mas real la historia...
En el mismo libro también viene Kodiak, que me pareció muy bueno...
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
While I am sad to say I didn't enjoy the art style of the Thumbprint GN (I much preferred the art for the included Kodiak graphic story at the end), I was glad to see Joe's original prose for Thumbprint included as well. Some changes made to the adaptation to the GN format I didn't care for as well. I much preferred Joe's original prose. But overall, glad I have this in my collection due to my 'completionist' nature when it comes to Joe Hill works.
Nov 26, 2017 marked it as collected
Shelves: 2017
Gaston Sanders
Great story. Doesn't need comics

Joe Hill, as he matures in his craft, will find that the mature reader appreciates his talent, unfettered by the crayon screenings of schoolyard artists. Just my opinion, of course...
Gaston Sanders, author
Robert Timmons
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I think this is based on a Joe Hill short story which I have not read. The Graphic Novel is only ok in my view. The story revolves around an Iraqi War Veteran returning home and trying to live a normal life when she receives strange notes. The story sounds interesting but the execution was rather poor. It was hard to connect with the protagonist given the story only shows her in Abu Ghraib or after she receives the notes, it downy a willy show much (if any) or her life at home trying to re-adjus ...more
Gayle Francis Moffet
I like the idea much more than the execution. A female soldier who was part of the atrocities at Abu Ghraib Prison, is quietly borderline dishonorably discharged and finds herself back in the states being terrorized by someone who is leaving thumbprints on pieces of paper around her property. There’s a lot that can be done with this premise, especially as Mallory, our lead, is painted unquestionably as one of the guards at Abu Ghraib who participated in prisoner abuse with a sort of gleeful aban ...more
Maggie Gordon
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Thumbprint is the story of a woman soldier coming home from the war in Iraq after having done horrible things. She’s got PTSD and flashbacks, and is absolutely convinced that someone is out to get her. As it turns out, the threats that she is receiving are a paranoid delusion, and part of her past life is coming back to hurt her.

It’s not that the story in Thumbprint is necessarily uncompelling, it’s just that I’ve read similar t
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
"Thumbprint" contains three stories that were conceptualized by Joe Hill. The first story was a graphic adaptation of Joe Hill's short story by Jason Ciaramella. The second section was the original "Thumbprint." The third was an unrelated tale titled "Kodiak." This last story was plotted by Hill and scripted by Ciaramella.

The only other work I have read from Hill was the "Locke and Key" series. This is one of my favorite graphic novel series, so my expectations going in were pretty high.

At firs
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was ok

I normally enjoy any graphic novel that is adapted from Joe Hill, so I was pretty disappointed after reading Thumbprint. The story follows Mallory "Mal" Grennan, a former MP back home from Iraq. She starts receiving anonymous in-addressed letters with thumbprints in the mail daily and naturally starts to become paranoid. Through flashbacks, we learn that Mal took part in numerous torture interrogations on detainees and the occasional POW abuse. First off it's hard for me to enjoy a story when th
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I was a little disappointed with the comic adaption of the story but very impressed by the package of material in the collection.

Having the short story and the comic next to each other in the book showed weaknesses with writers approaches to the main character. Hill had made her too simplistically "bad ass bitch", and the softening of her allowed some empathy. The rewriting of the side characters in her home town again was a softening and hardening of pretty unpleasant people - in the short stor
"My name is Private First Class Mallory Grennan, and this is my confession."

Mallory has a great deal for which to confess. She was at Abu Ghraib. She got confessions. She got them through humiliation, verbal abuse, and physical torture. And she was good at it. Proud of it. When she got out and came home she thought she could get past it, that it was over, but it wasn't, and there was no way she ever could.

But Mallory wasn't the only one who couldn't get past it. Someone is stalking her, sending
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
This comic is an adaptation of a short story written by Joe Hill. It follows Private Mallory Grennan, who has recently returned home after being discharged from her position at Abu Ghirab prison. Luckily, she wasn't identifiable in any of the pictures (you know what pictures), so she got off easy. Of course the things that she did haunt her and she has a bit of PTSD. When someone starts screwing with her by leaving her mysterious notes, she has a lot of ideas as to who it could be.
The story is t
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Pretty underwhelming. I've liked most of what I've read by Joe Hill and his story "The Cape" was turned into a really good graphic series. This one, not so much. It follows the story of a young woman who was stationed at the Abu Graib prison during the Iraq War and how she deals with her experiences once she returns home. Someone starts leaving her anonymous letters with only a thumbprint on them (it's pretty obvious who is doing this, almost from the beginning, so there's not much mystery), whi ...more
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it
[This is actually by jason Ciaramella and Vic Malhotra, NOT Joe Hill. I wish I'd looked closer. It's BASED on a story by Joe Hill)

A story of torture at Abu Ghraib and the soldiers who committed the crimes - the resultant guilt and PTSD.

War, violence, psychological torture as well as physical torture of innocent victims as well as perpetrators, this book is shocking, but sadly, probable true, if not in actual events, still true as in what happened overall in Abu Ghraib. --A very black mark on the
Joe Hill writes well. His Kindle short Twittering at the Circus of the Dead was an amazing and chilling horror offering. This short story (sans the graphics which everyone else seems to have seen) was also well written, but doubly chilling because it's not supernatural horror but the real-life kind.

The story is told from the point of view of a female soldier home after a long tour overseas, some if not all of it serving at Abu Ghraib. Not only are we privy to the monstrous deeds she committed th
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Before I even start talking about Thumbprint, I must say that having 'Kodiak' included is worth the price of the book. It's a brilliant comic written by Hill and Jason Ciaramella and illustrated by Nat Jones, it's wonderful and hard to find.

As for 'Thimbprint', I read this story previously, and wanted to see what the GN interpretation brought to it. Often, the art and panel format adds an element , but in this case, the original work delivers a great deal higher level of understanding to the st
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