My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Brian K. Vaughan has written the graphic novel that may be my entry point into adult graphic novels that will keep me hooked. The characters are likeable but deeply flawed. If the story had kept to the main plot of Alana and Marko’s journey to keep their family together, I could easily see bringing this story to my library. And then we get to the prince and his impotence….and suddenly the graphic novel is too graphic. I could even sort of justify the bordello scene because it isn’t the main character having sex….in fact he rescues the young girl from this life. But I can’t…there is genitalia everywhere in Chapter 3. Between this book and Scott McCloud’s deconstruction of all things comic, I’ve got big questions about how the visual image is so much more powerful than the written word when it comes to sex and violence. What I’m wishing is that Staples had created more gutters….places where the imagination could go…so that I could bring this awesome story and its further development into my secondary library.