GRAPHIC NOVELS

Coda. Vol. 1

Boom! Studios. Mar. 2019. 128p. ISBN 9781684153213. pap. $9.99ebk. ISBN 9781641441742. Rated: Mature. FANTASY
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Magic is dead...or mostly dead after a cataclysmic event destroys the sorcery a nameless bard seeks. The bard, nicknamed Hum because his most frequent answer to his name is the sound “hm,” is a scavenger of this vicious wasteland. His only concern is acquiring enough scraps of power to save his wife, carving a bloody path of destruction through anyone who gets in his way with the help of his mutated, meat-eating unicorn. His seemingly noble quest to save his beloved takes on hidden meanings when she returns, and then the question becomes: Who is the savior and who is the bad guy?
VERDICT Bergara (Sons of Anarchy; Cannibal) presents visuals that give a dreamlike quality to the brutality of the worldbuilding by Eisner-nominated Spurrier (The Spire), adding layers of complexity to the words. Recommended for adult graphic novel collections owing to violent depictions.

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