GRAPHIC NOVELS

Bad Mother

AWA. Mar. 2021. 144p. ISBN 9781953165022. pap. $9.99. GRAPHIC NOVELS
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The title may be misleading, since April is one great mother when she struggles to find her kidnapped daughter in Faust’s (Peepland) latest. She is, however, very bad for the criminals in her town. A middle-aged mother with a husband out of the country for work, April does her best to keep a happy home. When her daughter Taylor returns from a date with bruises, April rushes out to confront the attacker. When she only finds dead bodies, she returns home to an empty house and no daughter. Ava, the local criminal boss who is running both a meth and sex trade operation, is now holding Taylor captive because her boyfriend, the recently deceased body April found, was stealing from Ava. April, working diligently to find Taylor, begins to dismantle Ava’s empire. The final confrontation between April and Ava is fun to behold. The characters are believable, especially April as the protective mother, and Ava is a diabolical schemer without mercy. The illustrations are realistic and beautifully drawn by Deodato, Jr.
VERDICT A short five-issue story that is a must-read for mature readers. Fans of the common woman defying odds to save a loved one will enjoy.
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