by Grant Morrison (illustrated by Frank Quitely)


I happened to be in the library a day after this got randomly recommended to me, so on a whim I decided to see if they carried it. Surprisingly they did, which is a coincidence perhaps stranger than the strange timing of my library visit in the first place, at least in relation to the recommendation (I usually only go every couple months or so). So I took it out, going to check it out, but seeing how thin it was I decided to read it right there, and it was worth it.

I have to admit that when I checked the book description on goodreads the premise just seemed ridiculous and I had little desire to read it. So probably the strongest praise I can give the book is that it works. Indeed it worked so well that I wanted more, which is my chief complaint. It’s really a short story of a graphic novel, and like most good short stories there are parts so intriguing that you wish they could have been fleshed out more. I could have stood for the whole thing to be fleshed out more.

But the simple story was good and gripping, and the drawings were wonderful. I’m a graphic novel novice so I don’t really know what I’m talking about, but one thing that stood out to me was the snapshot quality of the pictures. Not in the sense that they were so clear and realistic, but rather that they depicted mere moments in the proceedings, each building onto the last, as if you were flipping through a photo album. I don’t think I’m doing a very good job describing it so I’ll stop, but suffice it to say that it was captivating and unique. And gory, quite gory.

I would definitely recommend this to people with odd taste in movies and literature. It’s not necessarily a go-out-and-buy-me type book, but it’s a great library read, or maybe if you’re stuck in a mall and have a half hour or so to spare while you’re waiting for a movie to start, or waiting for your table at the restaurant, or something else like that.

Original Review

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