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A Fantastic Tale into the Heart of a Woman and her Friend.,
This review is from: Sparks: An Urban Fairytale (Paperback)
A surface skim of this book might suggest that this book is simply a female urban version to The Iron Giant. Well, this book is far more than that. It is a glorious coming of age tale about a young woman and a strange being who manages to open her eyes to the true glory of herself.
The girl, Josephine, is a wondeful lass who can find neither happiness nor peace outside of her job at a small auto garage as a good mechanic. Her home life is hellish with a fat bullying thug of a father and a doped up broken zombie of a mother in a spiteful neighbourhood that sees her as a freak. All of this takes their toll on her self esteem as she looks on enviously at the social life that other women seem to take on at ease.
It all culminates with a flight of fancy as she builds a construction of a idealed perfect man from spare auto parts. That little indulgence takes on a wonderous tone when a freak bolt of lightning strikes the construct and brings him to life. Eventually, the mechanical man and Josephine meet and the girl gains a companion she never anticipated.
In the story that follows, Jo struggles to teach the Robot, who soon dubs himself as Galahad from Arthurian legend, how to communicate and the complexities of life and existence. In return, Galahad helps make her see the true beauty of her nature that the world of fools around her cannot perceive even as she strives to fit in a square peg in a round hole kind of world. However, events take a terrible course of their own that will forever change the lives of the characters.
This book is American sequential art at its finest with a story that speaks to the human spirit while giving voice to those whom the world has kept silent for so long. It's quiet, funny and yet poignant in the beginning until the narrative builds to a shatteringly tragic but triumphant climax that will touch your soul. The truths expressed are age old and universal, but the telling will give them an immediacy and power that stay with you.
If you like comics, or want to see what the medium can be like in fiction, then you owe it to yourself to read this book.