Tuesday, May 26, 2015
A Glance Backward
author: Tony Sandoval
average rating: 3.09
book published: 2015
read at: 2015/05/26
date added: 2015/05/26
'A Glance Backward' by Tony Sandoval is kind of a strange beast. The art sort of makes this look like a story for kids, but the story is quite dark.
Joey is an 11-year old kid with an active imagination. One day, he decides to buy some fireworks before he gets home. Once he gets home and before he can play with them, he gets pulled into the walls of his house and sent on a weird adventure. He's able to push himself through walls, but that just leads to other places. He runs across strange people and creatures, like an oversize statue from his house, or a large duck. Every wall brings a new environment like gardens, or a completely submerged room. Joey keeps trying to get through and find his way home. Will he make it out and what waits for him if gets there?
It's truly strange and I kind of liked it. The ending seemed a bit of a weird twist, and nothing prior seemed to hint at it. The art is beautifully grotesque. The story reminded me a bit of the strange animation I used to watch by Bill Plympton, and the book feels like it could work as a strange animated film. It's definitely dark and probably not for everyone.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, Magnetic Press, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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