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Joe Golem and the Drowning City by Mike Mignola
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Apr 22, 2012

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bookshelves: urban-fantasy
Read from April 22 to 30, 2012

It's good. This is not a graphic novel but an illustrated one, and I'm sorry to say that the illustrations lend almost nothing to the text. The Drowning City of the title is New York, which started sinking in the 1920s; so the setting is a steampunk-ish distopian alternate past. Joe Golem of the title will remind you (a little too much) of Hellboy. Molly, a young teen who tries to find her father-figure throughtout the main part of the book, is unrealistic but it still fits. The best part is Mr. Church, a Sherlock Holmes-like character who has artifically kept himself alive to keep fighting crime.

It sets us up for a series, but not in a great way. I'll probably pick up the second one when it comes out, but I won't be waiting with great anticipation.

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