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Troop 142 Paperback – September 1, 2011
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Mike Dawson has two chief virtues as a writer: writing dialogue with an almost painful level of verisimilitude, and an understanding of the dynamics of teenagers that manages to emphasize the Darwinian nature of their relationships along with the naivete of youth... Visually, the key to this comic's success is his ability to convey body language, gesture and character interaction, especially since subtext is such an important part of what s occurring in the narrative.
The comic raises interesting questions regarding the idealism of Scout law and the realities of being a teenager in 1995 (the setting of the story). Joining the Scouts implies a certain kind of adherence to ideals, but what Dawson raises is that sometimes this may be more the ideals of the parent rather than the boy. And even among the parents, the Scout ideals fall by the wayside when it comes time to wield authority.--Rob Clough, The Comics Journal
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In my troop, we told dirty jokes (actually, *I* told the dirty jokes. They listened). We harassed each other by throwing rocks at the roof of the Lolly (outhouse), hung a pair of dirty underwear outside a victim's tent, called each other names, and even engaged in fist fights. That's what boys do. We're awful.
But the opposite is also true. Scouts grows boys into men. We join because our parents want us to, but after that, we were on our own. We stayed because we want to be there. We were our own leaders, not the adults. And a boy long involved in scouting sets a good example to one who is just beginning. So the "Lord of the Flies" scenario, over time, evolves into something more civilized.
I liked this book. It took me back to my own days at scout camp. But I would have liked it better if the sour had been balanced with the sweet, if the experiences of Troop 142 had included some accomplishments in addition to the disappointments. The only positive interaction occurs when the Scoutmaster counsels a boy who quit the lifesaving test. Unfortunately, the book is otherwise a one-way trip that ends in despair.
In short: The art and storytelling are great. You don't need to know anything about the Boy Scouts to get into it. It looks great on your bookshelf (great design). Pick up this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really excellent graphic novel. Strongly recommend this to anyone. My wife had never read a graphic novel or comic book before and she loved it and competed in one sitting.Published 18 months ago by Bill
I don't normally read comics, but this was a recent book club selection. I thought the story line was great and it was beautifully done! Highly recommended.Published on November 10, 2011 by Nicole