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Bloody Chester Paperback – July 3, 2012
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About the Author
JT Petty is an American film director, author, and video game writer. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Hilary Florido‘s self-published mini-comics have been listed in the 2009 and 2010 Best American Comics. She works as a storyboarder on The Cartoon Network's "The Regular Show."
Top Customer Reviews
This book doesn't have many totally positive reviews on Goodreads, which I don't understand at all. I completely loved this book; I loved the ending and the characters were all interesting and unique. The plot kept me thinking and I still keep thinking about what happened in this book. I have a lot more I want to say about what happens, but a good amount of that pertains to the ending and I don't want to spoil that (but if you do read this and want to talk about it, feel free to comment below or message me on any of my social media accounts listed below!).
My recommendation is obviously to pick up this book. It's a quick read and it will get you thinking, and it's enjoyable.
This review and others can also be found on my book blog: swimmingthroughliterature.wordpress.com.
The characters in Bloody Chester are surprisingly well-developed. Caroline's father is a crazy old coot, the priest's kid is a riot, and Chester is sort of an endearing born-to-lose antihero. Bloody Chester features gritty writing seasoned with moments of humor and clever plot twists. This is a smart, fun story.
The artwork is simple but appealing. I particularly like the vibrancy with which some panels are colored.
If I could, I would give Bloody Chester 4 1/2 stars.
Chester, nicknamed Bloody Chester, is a hapless young teen drunk and loser existing on the outskirts of the town he just blew into. Willing to let himself get beat silly as long as there is a meal and whiskey in it in the end, eventually he finds himself in jail and with a proposition. The railroad is coming to the neighboring ghost town and the sheriff wants it burned to the ground to ease a superstitious fear that would keep railroad slaves from working the area. Chester is given a shave, a gun, and some food and heads out to the town of Whale to set to his pyrotechnic work. But what he finds is a place full of death and superstition, disease and insanity. Where the craziest people of all are actually the sane ones. What he finds is coyote waits.
The author goes for the down and gritty - using graphic language, racist stereotypes, and the bitter ugliness of waking up with vomit on oneself. Chester is a thoroughly unlikeable character, weak, craven, and without conviction. But he's smart enough to do what he needs to in order to survive - and doing so is killing the boy each and every time. On the surface, this is a simple tale of mystery with a bit of horror and possibly supernatural thrown in. It's also a character study of how we fool ourselves and survival vs subsistence.Read more ›
Bloody Chester isn't a terrible graphic novel, but when all is said and done, it's a pretty big disappointment. Petty employs some big themes, like the corruptness of Western men and the savagery of modern progress. He even goes so far as to suggest that the "heathen plague" is brought upon Whale by moral corruption, not actual disease--which, coupled with the Old West setting, is pretty cool at first. Unfortunately, the author abandons his exploration of these "big themes" in order to pursue a confusing series of convoluted plot twists that left me thinking, "I've read better." Much, much better. Recommended for Ages 16-18 for Language.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good story with simple but effective art, a heavier story than you would expect.Published 16 months ago by GinDC
Bloody Chester is a great story and a pleasure to read, drawing you at the beginning and never letting go. The pages practically turn themselves. Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by Zach F
The American West has been so mythicized and demythicized so often it is hard to find the middle. JT Petty goes a little over the top to make some points about life on the... Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Carole
Reason for Reading: I always read anything new from this publisher that catches my eye!
This is a violent, brutal book and it starts off that way with a saloon fist... Read more
I had been passingly familiar with Hilary Florido's previous comic work, and on its strength (and my fondness for Westerns) decided to buy Bloody Chester. I'm glad I did. Read morePublished on July 21, 2012 by Chris Schweizer