After finding that no upcoming books on my gigantic reading list were available at my local library, I placed holds on a bunch of them and they call came in at the same time. So I’ve been busy trying to read five books simultaneously.
As of now, I have finished Incredible Doom, a brand-new graphic novel co-authored by Matthew Bogart and Jesse Holden. I recently did my first graphic novel review on Words on Key, so this’ll be the second.
The cover is pretty simple but still leaves you wondering what the book will be about, since the title is also vague. It looks like just someone delivering newspapers to houses. The scene is a little “pixelated,” but I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be computer-like or magical. It says Volume 1, and this book was published this year, so the next one will probably come later.
Welcome to a new age.
The age of the Internet.
Allison is drowning under the weight of her manipulative stage magician father. When he brings home the family’s first computer, she escapes into a thrilling new world where she meets Samir, a like-minded new online friend who has just agreed to run away from home with her.
After moving to a new town and leaving all of his friends behind, Richard receives a mysterious note in his locker with instructions on how to connect to “Evol BBS,” a dial-in bulletin board system, and meets a fierce punk named Tina who comes into his life and shakes his entire world view loose.
Unlikely alliances, first love, and minor crime sprees abound in this graphic novel debut about making connections while your world is falling apart.Back cover of Incredible Doom
4/5 — strong female characters, gay secondary character, biracial protagonist
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, it might seem like I rate a book 5 stars more often, but really I’m just more compelled to write a review on books I loved. I only ever give five stars to books that I’d consider one of my favorites, and Incredible Doom qualified.
With a unique and effortlessly realistic cartooning style (not to say it looked easy — I’d never have the stamina to write a graphic novel) and an intriguing color scheme that perfectly fits the mood, even just a flip through the pages will make you want to know more.
The authors do such an amazing job of pulling you in right away with a thought-provoking title and beginning the story with a unique character: a teenage girl with an online friend/boyfriend (it’s set in the ’90s, so this is way less common) forced to help perform her abusive dad’s magic tricks.
Then we are introduced to Richard, someone dealing with his own problems. The characters’ stories don’t come together until the very last panel, which leaves you waiting anxiously for a second book.
Since my last couple “mini reviews” got a little long, I’ll wrap this up here. I recommend Incredible Doom if you want to read something short with incredible, complicated characters who will inspire you to change your life. I can’t wait for the next book!