Monday, February 22, 2016


author: Ben Kahn
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.64
book published: 2016
rating: 3
read at: 2016/02/22
date added: 2016/02/22
shelves: graphic-novels
Ben Kahn's 'Shaman' was pretty good, but the art left me pretty cold. If you can overlook that, it's decent. Since it's a graphic novel, it's kind of a big thing to overcome.

The Shaman is a sort of surly superhero with one weird trick. He can raise people from the dead. But he can't raise everyone, and the people he sometimes chooses to bring back leave others scratching their heads. He's accompanied by a foul-mouthed teenager who gets her powers from tattoos applied by fairies. Rounding things out is a sort of retired teleporter.

The trouble starts when The Shaman wants to reanimate a supervillain. This leaves him fighting the forces of good, but the villain he is raising may just be our only hope against monsters. Or become the new monster. Endless cigarettes are smoked, battles are waged, and there is even an appearance by a celebrity.

But the art left me cold. It's a bit abstract and lacking the kind of perspective I like in art to have it seem to be grounded. Instead, it just kind of angles off to the sides. The writing is pretty good, though, and I think worth it, if you like your heroes on the snarky side.

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

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