Graphic Novel - 2014
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"What if--just before everything fades, permanently, to black--you unconsciously create the afterlife you want, or feel you deserve? Wouldn't that be better than reality, and no less meaningful than life itself? The Charon is a medical device that gains entrance into this afterlife, by taking the form of a memory from a patient's consciousness, and using it to revive his or her life"--Back cover.
Publisher: Seattle, Washington : Fantagraphics Books, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781606998038
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 95 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 21 cm


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IanH_KCMO Oct 01, 2016

FASCINATING concept, but the story is way too brief to properly get into the premise. That said, I think Mike Cahill's upcoming film adaptation has the potential to be sooooo good.

Jul 14, 2016

Glossy dark coloured pages makes reading difficult, if not impossible. Story is juvenile scifi.

Laura_X Jul 02, 2015

This overall is a miss for me. The stilted and fractured nature of the story doesn't lend itself to easy transition from panel to panel, and page to page; it is disruptive to the natural flow of reading. I agree this device is sometimes desirable, but usually in a long story to give you guidance on where to pause and think. Not in a short story like this, that makes you stop. and. think. at every single panel.

And, despite what I would say is a clever use of iconographical colours, it is used with a heavy-hand (too often, and too obviously). The comic is more about the colour placement than it is about story... There's rarely respite from the thick heavy-laden colour -- which I was desperately craving.

I always say that the best comics either stem from a strong story, which doesn't need art to illustrate the action; or, by strong art, which can tell the story regardless of the inclusion of text. This comic, in my opinion, falls short on both counts.

The concept and the somewhat "clever" (although annoying) use of colour are its saving grace.


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