Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Speaking of Disturbing Graphic Novels

Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella and Vic Malhotra“Thumbprint” (IDW, 2013)

You don’t have to be Stephen King’s son to know that the really scary stuff isn’t monsters or ghosts or anything that goes bump in the night.  The really scary stuff is what people do to each other.

Thumbprint is a graphic adaptation of a Hill short story.  Mal Greenfell is an American veteran who has recently returned from Iraq.  As she struggles to adapt to life after the war, she finds that her actions in the war prove to be inescapable.

Thumbprint is a brutal little story.  But Hill knows his craft, and has created compelling characters and situations that haunted me for days after finishing the story.  It’s not pretty and it’s certainly not nice, but it does have a few things to say about war and how we treat each other. 

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