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Thursday, 30 August 2007

The Least Among Us by Martin O'Shea & Tony Wright

The Least Among Us
Martin O'Shea & Tony Wright

Ascendant Press

ISBN 0955294509

I must admit I do not read a lot of graphic novels. Nor do I read comics all that much anymore. I was asked if I wanted to review this one, and thought I would give it a try. I have read it a few times, because I do not like to give negative reviews, yet with that said, this book has strengths and weaknesses.

The artwork is great. The variety of frames used, and styles is both visually pleasing and easy to read. Some of the graphics, especially of the inside of churches, would make amazing posters or prints.

The story on the other hand is a little confusing. Is the intent of the book to say that the church covers up sexual abuse, or that Christians should all be vegetarians and involved with animal rights, or that Catholics are not good Christians? The story seemed incomplete; I felt like I started a book in the middle and got to the end to find out that it was missing the last pages.

I find I cannot say what the story was really about because I could not figure it out for sure. If more volumes become available I would pick them up for the artwork and see if the intent of the story becomes clearer.

I would give the book 5 out of 5 for the artwork and 2 out of 5 for the story.

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