Saturday, October 15, 2011

habibi by craig thompson

Craig Thompson's long-awaited graphic novel is a stunning, gorgeous, epic, masterfully crafted work of art. Set in a futuristic undefined Middle East, the story travels back and forth through time, spanning the lives and relationship of two orphans, Dodola and Zam, who are beset by misfortune. I appreciated the book as an objet d'art much more than I enjoyed the storyline, which at times felt like a ruse. Did Mr. Thompson simply want to draw Dodola naked? Over and over again in a variety of compromised positions? Click here for the Guardian review. Grade 11+