Friday, December 19, 2014

Booknote: Ciudad

Ande Parks,, Ciudad. Portland, OR: Oni Press, 2014. ISBN:  9781620101469. 

This story takes place in a somewhat dystopian Paraguayan city, Ciudad del Este. This is a border city where crime and business are king, and they are often one and the same. The action starts with a man rescuing a girl held for ransom. This rescue sequence sets up the rest of the story.

This was a story that I wanted to like, but the art kept getting in the way. It is a very basic black and white with a certain grittiness to it that often became fuzzy. It was hard to make out certain features at times. Some panels were so poorly designed that it was hard to know what exactly happened in a particular panel. This really is a pity because I did like the action and the story overall, but the art just took away any enjoyment I may have had otherwise.

I liked this story, but this work overall could have been so much better. This is the kind of story that Hollywood could take and very easily make an action movie. In the end, it was just OK, so I am giving it 2 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure note: Once again, this is where I tell you that I read this via NetGalley; it was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. And thus we appease The Man once more.

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