Saturday, January 23, 2016

Material, Vol. 1

Material, Vol. 1
author: Ales Kot
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.14
book published: 2015
rating: 2
read at: 2016/01/23
date added: 2016/01/23
shelves: graphic-novels
'Material, Vol. 1' by Ales Kot is a comic that attempts to address some of the current wrongs in the world in a comic book form, which is admirable. I just found it a bit incoherent and preachy.

Four separate stories work their way through the book. A man comes home from Guantanamo Bay after surviving torture. He is trying to readjust to life with his wife. An actress takes a role in a movie, after barely working at all the previous year. A young black man is in a riot and ends up getting booked into a detention center. An older intellectual is facing aging and meets an interesting artificial intelligence. None of the stories, as far as I can tell, intertwined as of yet, but maybe that's for future issues.

There are footnotes on most pages, or the names of black victims of police violence, or songs or books to read. Overall, I get the message, but I think it could have been told differently or better. I felt talked down to. I do believe comics can be a medium for change, and I was interested in this one, but I felt a bit let down.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Image Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

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