Thursday, May 5, 2016
author: Paul Allor
average rating: 3.20
read at: 2016/05/05
date added: 2016/05/05
'Tet' by Paul Allor tells a story spanning two time periods: the Vietnam War and a disabled veteran looking back on the events.
Marine Eugene Smith falls in love with a woman from Vietnam named Quang Ha. Ha sees Eugene as her way out of a war torn country. When Eugene's fellow Marine is murdered, he's teamed up a local policeman to solve the murder. Before the investigation gets too far underway, the city explodes. Eugene is injured on his way to find Ha and is sent out of the country. Years later, he returns to the country to tie up loose ends, if such a thing is possible.
The tone is dark as stories of this era are. What struck me is how a kind of noir tone informs the story. Lost love, unsolved murder and broken dreams. The art by Paul Tucker shows a vibrant countryside, while still showing the darker side of the human soul. I liked this story of how the past can haunt us and what can possibly happen if we try for closure.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, IDW Publishing, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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