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Exit Wounds Paperback – December 23, 2008
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“Her painstakingly detailed work, rich with intricate patterns and delightful designs, are instantly recognizable.” ―The Jerusalem Post
About the Author
RUTU MODAN graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Tel Aviv, where she lives. A member of the Israeli comics group Actus Tragicus, she has done illustrations for children's books as well as for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Le Monde. This is her first graphic novel.
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I'm quite pleased that I got it.
The art is, as others have noted, rather bland, but once you get into the rhythm of the narrative and dialogue, you find that the blandness serves well the story of a young man, Koby, who is forced to face his father when a young woman, Numi, comes to tell him that his father may have been killed.
What follows is a subtle love story and social commentary that happens on several levels that occurs while Koby and Numi try to find the answer of what happened to Koby's father and it is done in a style that is sparse and never overbearing.
The only reason why I knocked it down to 4 stars is that there were a few areas that I wished had been lingered on more (ex: Ruth, his aunt) rather than devoting time to Numi's mother and sister, but that's a personal quibble that other readers may not find to be a distraction at all.
The book is basically about the main character coming to terms with his relationship with his father. It's also a sort of coming-of-age tale (then again, what graphic novel these days isn't?). It stands out from the pack due to its tightly plotted story, realistic dialogue, excellent pacing, and perfectly simple yet expressive artwork. The only reason I docked it a star was for the rushed and somewhat cliche ending. Aside from that, this book is a treasure.
Exit Wounds is definitely worth a purchase and has a deserving spot next to Watchmen, Blankets, and Maus.
The art is clear-line style, somewhat naive, but with evocative coloring and good architectural details.
The story is about an angry 30 something who is looking for his absentee father, and suspects he may have been killed in a bombing. So he, and his father's mistress, try to track him down by interviewing people who survived the bombing. Think of it as a really boring mystery.
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