Martial Law Babies
Allan and his friends are Martial Law Babies: born during the Marcos regime, raised by TV, and shaped by 80s music. Their ambit ...more
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My eldest brother was the first to have read, a few years ago, this graphic novel. Not my copy though. I think her friend convinced him to read this by lending him her copy. This book, according to that friend of his, ...more
This book is beautiful, and almost reminiscent of After Eden for style, at the very least. I enjoyed the art, as well as the pacing of the story. There are also bits and pieces of interesting information-- from events and happenings during the Martial Law times, to viewpoints and opinions on the issues that most probably spiced up conversations in those days. ...more
I didn't have any. When martial law was declared, my family was already residing in a small island town in Quezon Province ...more
Martial Law Babies circle around Allan and his friends who were born during Martial Law. As a reader, Arnold Arre took me into a ride as I see how they grow up into men and women. It's probably nostalgic for those who were born on the same year as the characters were. But for me who only knew of what that pe ...more
I guess the character and I are both the same - in my case, of all Arre's works, this is where I find myself not raving about his creation.
Martial Law Babies follows a group of friends who were born during the Marcos regime. There were quite a few of them, but I’ll be brutally honest and say that I only remembered three of them: Allan, his best friend Rebecca, his crush Marissa, and their friend Carol. There were a few more but for some ...more
And I guess that's okay.
This book is not exactly as poignant as Molina's 12:01, as this book is in a different timeline. Our timeline.
I've been seeing Arnold Arre's work since elementary school. And now that I'm a fresh grad trying to prove myself to the world, 0nly now had I been able to have the (hard earned) money to buy the books I couldn't when I was younger. Thank God for events like Komikon and Komiket, I was able to find Mr Arre's books. (Too bad on Aft ...more
The book starts off a bit slow, and I was having trouble keeping some of the characters straight (they weren't introduced and some of their names weren't spoken for quite awhile, I ended up having to go back and reread the beginning once I knew who everyone was). That said, I loved the story! It was thoughtful and interesting. It was a good mix of what life was like specifically f ...more
Arre gives a wonderful insight as to how things were before the advent of technology kicked in and monopolized most of our time and leisure. It also efficiently depicts how swift time passes by and how inevitable changes are.
It surprised me somehow th ...more
I'm a big fan of love stories, so I was A LITTLE disappointed that the ending kept me hanging. I'm not really into open endings, actually. (But that's another story).
I like the message of the graphic novel. But maybe another title would be more apt than Martial Law Babies. Something lighter, maybe. Since it was a fairly easy reading.
It's like a looong essay. Or a super-short novel. Something you could read in a newspaper.
Funny how you're blessed with national pride only when you're t
Trying to be too funny in some parts, but maybe that's just characteristic of that period. But overall, it's a good read. I wish I or someone could and would mak ...more
Arnold Arre has won National Book Awards from the Manila Critics Circle for his graphic novels The Mythology Class (1999), a four-part action-adventure miniseries and Tri ...more