Monday, January 9, 2023

Eighty Days by A.C. Esguerra - OPTIONAL

Eighty Days by A.C. Esguerra, 344 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Archaia (Boom Entertainment Inc.), 2021. $30.

Language: PG-13 (16 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: R (repeated wartime & resistance fighting and killing)



Eighty Days follows three friends, Jay, Sable, and Fix, as they are trying to find freedom from an encroaching oppressive force. The story starts out with Jay, a pilot from the hinterlands, who chooses to help a mysterious thief, Fix, and by doing so, gets swept up in the fight against AVO, a terrifying militaristic aviation monopoly that is gradually taking over countries. Sable, who is Jay’s best friend, has her own motivations that she must come to terms with as AVO gets more and more aggressive.

The art in this graphic novel is beautiful. I loved how the flowy lines seemed to mimic air and movement, which fit in well with the flying motif. I will say, however, that choosing grayscale made it difficult to decipher some of the action. There was a lot of movement in the panels, and some color could help clarify what was happening. The story also just drops the reader into the world without a lot of context. It was a lot of work to infer setting and context when a little exposition at the beginning could have helped. Even though it’s a fictional world, readers who like WWI and WWII stories will like the action in this story as it feels very similar to those historical events.

Kiera, #BookswithBeddes

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