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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
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 12 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