GRAPHIC NOVELS

Bastard

Fantagraphics. Oct. 2018. 180p. ISBN 9781683961307. pap. $14.99. cRiME FiCTION
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After taking part in an ambitious heist in which a group of the world's greatest thieves committed 52 simultaneous robberies, May and her son Eugene are on the run with a trunk full of cash. The law isn't their only problem—May's double-crossing criminal associates want her and Eugene dead. Author and artist de Radiguès (cocreator, Weegee: Serial Photographer) uses a simple and direct cartooning style that may lead readers to believe this to be lighthearted tale, when in fact, what he's produced is a winding, hard-boiled story filled with twists, betrayals, and acts of shocking violence. May and Eugene are wonderfully developed, lovable characters, making their adventures all the more harrowing.
VERDICT While the pace quickens to near breakneck speed in the final pages, skimming some content that would have been nice to see fully developed, this is a crime story that ultimately delivers an emotional experience much richer than a typical bloody romp of underworld deceit.

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