Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Only Living Boy Omnibus by David Gallaher - ADVISABLE

The Only Living Boy Omnibus by David Gallaher, 416 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Papercutz, 2018. $24.99

Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13



After running from the hard things about his life that he didn’t want to face, Erik wakes up to find himself in a new world, one that is inhabited by many different humanoid species. In this new, motley world, Baalikar is intent upon destroying everything—and everyone—in pursuit of the knowledge and power he wants. Erik and his allies must decide whether to try fighting Baalikar and what is even worth fighting for.

As I read Erik’s story, I felt encouraged and empowered, even if the story didn’t feel like it flowed from panel to panel very well through the book. Trials are found in every life, though in different forms, and there comes a time when each of us has to decide whether to keep going no matter what or else let hardships overcome who you are. I find a lot of strength in the words that help Erik decide to not let his circumstances determine who he is: “Life is tough. But we are tougher.” (Also, the illustrations by Steve Ellis are stunning.)

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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