I am a big fan of graphic novels, partly because I don’t have the patience to collect and read weeklies. I binge read, rather like one consumes video as a DVD box set or Netflix. Lavie and Co. have come up with beautifully illustrated fantasy that incorporates US private military contractors and a Mondo Cane-esque view of Southeast Asia.
Set in a made up country, a child army led by twins takes on US contractors working with the local government to prepare the area for mineral exploitation. All hell breaks loose with explosions and dragon versus helicopter flights.
What comes off as a great high concept feels rushed into just one trade paperback book and could have been explored in a more in-depth way. If Jamie Hewlett lost his sense of humour, he would probably draw stories like this – and that’s no bad thing either.