Monday, July 6, 2015

Review:: Exit Wounds, by Rutu Modan

Title: Exit Wounds
Author: Rutu Modan
Format: Graphic Novel
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I really don't have that much to say about Exit Wounds. I really didn't find it that impactful. And it's not that Israel is too far away; I've read plenty of Israeli stories that hit me really hard. It's just kind of meh.

I think it's the story that's the worst. It lacks depth. We see an adult who hasn't had contact with his father in some time and a random stranger comes up to him to tell him she thinks he was killed in a suicide bombing, although she has no proof. Wow! There's so much that can be done with that. But... nothing really is.

The story is more about the identity issues the protag has with a mostly missing father, which really aren't that interesting. He's basically not growing up because he can't let go of his father.

Through some crazy expeditions with this woman who thinks his father is dead, he actually does some stuff that's pretty damaging to his life. But it's okay because it helps him grow up! But mostly by finding out his father is kind of a schmuck and not the idealized father he'd been holding onto.

Is it a realistic story? Sure. But it's also just kind of... boring.

The art is also not really that great. The style doesn't serve to enhance the story and is just kind of bland.

That's how I found Exit Wounds: bland.

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