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This is one wonderful graphic novel although I
must admit my initial confusion over its
Spiral-Bound is drawn in a style common for children's books written for pre-literate kids who must be read to, or beginning readers. All of its characters are cute little talking animals like baby elephants, puppy dogs, rabbits, frogs and kittie cats.
I loved the sperm-whale in that huge glass bubble on wheels. But I can't imagine a hardcore fan of, say, The X-Men thumbing through this book and buying it.
Making this graphic novel look like a spiral notebook was a nice touch although that also makes it look as if it is intended for very young readers.
In addition, I thought the art was visually imaginative, the story was visually well told (except for a few awkward scene changes), and the characters and settings were fun to oggle. That statement won't attract Batman fans.
So, whom do you wish to buy this book? Because when I read it, I immediately found simple but delightful dialogue that, at least on the surface, seemed to target very young human beans. But I also discovered that Spiral-Bound is simply too long and complex for very young, pre-literate children or beginning readers.
In fact, Spiral-Bound is well-written, clever, and fun to read with lots of twists and excellent character development. Its surprise ending was completely satisfying.
So whom do you wish to buy this innovative graphic novel? I'm admittedly a bit slow, but I think I've figured it out.
Spiral-Bound is meant for people who love to read to children and for those who just love good work created by the marriage of words and pictures.
It is highly recommended by yours truly,
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The time is 1755. The place is called Rupert's Land. And it's home to a
great British hero. However, after years of the challenging life of a
two-fisted, bold-as-you-please explorer, Charles Lord has now settled into a
comfortable life as governor of a frontier trading post. Set to retire, Lord
discovers that his past is not so easily forgotten, when a long-time friend
whom he hasn't seen in years shows up barely alive, and with a grave
And, thus begins writer/artist Scott Chantler's
highly entertaining, and fair to say,
One of the most captivating aspects of NorthWest
Passage is Chantler's highly-
All-in-all, Northwest Passage is well worth the
ticket price. Speaking of ticket prices, it's recommended for those who
wouldn't watch just one specific type of movie, but enjoy many different
cinematic genres. Why, that would be just about everyone, wouldn't it?
Northwest Passage, published by Oni Press, 72 pages, digest format, $5.95. Find it at your local comics shop.
Review by Mark Allen
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