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Neil Young's Greendale Hardcover – June 15, 2010
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Grade 9 Up Meet Sun Green. She's the latest in the familial line of Green Women environmentally conscious girls who are intent on saving the planet. The only problem is, all the other women in her family mysteriously disappeared when they reached her age. Fearful about what she may become and where she might end up, Sun seeks answers from her remaining extended family. When a mysterious stranger comes to town and threatens her brother and her new boyfriend, she may have to figure out a way to tap into her power and defeat him sooner rather than later. Set in 2003 during both the debate surrounding the Iraq conflict and the question of drilling for oil in Alaska, this tale manages to be both politically conscious and massively entertaining. The art is stunning. Sun is beautifully drawn and is just as radiant as her namesake. The unnamed mysterious stranger is depicted as gritty and sinister, just as a villain should be. This graphic novel is a great source for teenagers trying to understand the environment and how an individual can make a difference. Ryan Donovan, New York Public Library
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NEIL YOUNG'S GREENDALE offers a mystic, visionary experience of Sun Green in the first decade of this century, when the United States faces a number of challenges ranging from terrorist threats, environmental risks, and social schisms. Sun Green's understanding of family is shaken by the decline of her grandfather in his dimentia, her veteran cousin's inability to return to the way of life he enjoyed prior to his service, and the mysterious disappearances of women in her family. Sun comes to terms with these issues in this work.
Those familar with Joshua Dysart's writing for DC/Vertigo's UNKNOWN SOLDIER will find the same high consistency in his writing here. Cliff Chiang's art proves his great skill again--the characters' facial expressions and their postures reveal depth of feeling. And, as a fan, I have to say that Todd Klein's lettering (hand lettering!) meets his high standard once again--I have appreciated his work for years (just get a look at SANDMAN), and I am glad to see some more of it.
Some of the finer creators in the Vertigo stable have put together this project, and their combined talents make this book worthwhile.
Mind you, I'm intrigued by the mystery of the Green women, which reveals just enough to make me want more. There are some fascinating Anima images in play here! And I agree with the worldview expressed in these pages, for the most part. But again, I don't feel as if I'm reading something I haven't read before, even though it's quite well done. For some readers, this story will indeed be fresh & new, and chances are they'll enjoy it. After all, every story is someone's first story, their introduction to ideas that might well expand their world. Such readers could do far worse than to pick up "Greendale."
So, is it worth getting?
If what you've read about it in these reviews interests you, I don't think you'll be disappointed. It's definitely good work. But if it does sound familiar, you might want to leaf through a copy in a bookstore first, just to get a better idea of the story & its themes. Some judicious sampling of its pages is in order for the longtime reader, I think.
Worthwhile, with that caveat in mind!
A lot has been said about the story told in this graphic novel by other reviewers already. As someone not familiar with the album/movie this is based from, I did some research and have found that while based off the source material mentioned, this graphic novel does not follow the exact same story and is more of an adaptation from the original Greendale (Bonus DVD).
Having said that, I can tell I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are likable, the story about supernatural elements controlled by Sun Green as well as the Neil Young look-alike bad guy are quite entertaining. I agree though with those who feel this book is politically biased (story is told during the Bush years so you can imagine), but that does not seem to affect in the end the main story of the Green women, whose lives were as intriguing as fascinating.
The art is simply beautiful and so is the coloring.
I assume this would a more enjoyable ride if I were familiar with the source material. I have read some of the lyrics from the album are inserted in the graphic novel in the form of dialogue for example, something Neil Young fans will definitely enjoy, as this graphic novel is mostly targeted to them.
For those of us not familiar with the original album/movie, it is an entertaining story that fits quite well in the Vertigo line from DC comics.