Graphic Novel Review 133/365: Doomboy

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This week I am pleased to bring you a collection of reviews of books from the Lion Forge family.  I was luck enough to spend a bit of time with the great people at Lion Forge last weekend at NCTE, and their discount at the show was too good for me to pass up!  Luckily for me, the books I’ve read so far have been super cool, and I look forward to sharing them with you throughout the week…

Title: Doomboy

Author(s): Tony Sandoval

Publisher:  Lion Forge Comics (2017)

Age Rating: 13+ (But some violence and a couple of F-Bombs)

Doomboy gets me really excited for Lion Forge week!  Going into the week, I have not read a ton of Lion Forge books, and what I’ve read has been unique and whets my appetite for what’s to come!

Doomboy is the story of a young rocker that plays his own brand of solo metal music into the ether in order to communicate with a recently lost loved one.  He has made enemies and a serious number of fans along the way, but Doomboy’s mission is one of dealing with his personal struggles, so he attempts to tune the rest of the world out.

I’d by lying if I didn’t see obvious connections between this wonderful book and Joe Kelly’s I Kill Giants.  I’d go so far as to call Doomboy the male protagonist equivalent.  We have a main characters, struggling with loss, heading to the rough shores of their hometown to battle personal demons while being stalked by bullies and helped by friends.  I mean, these two books are parallel.  And because of that, I think the two would make an incredible topic for a compare/contrast essay.  Doomboy and Barbara would find a lot of common ground…that’s all I’m saying.

The art in this book is as cool as Doomboy himself.  Tony Sandoval does an amazing job juxtaposing small panels with huge splash-pages to give us broader scopes when needed.  The colors are fairly dim, but Sandoval utilizes brighter schemes to bring up the tone when he needs.  The long orientation of the book is not something I’m a fan of.  I mentioned that earlier in my review of The Adventures of Superhero Girl; it’s hard to read on the couch or in bed, but the page shape does allow Sandoval to play with long shapes and landscapes that would have been hard to achieve with a normal orientation.  Makes me wonder what I Kill Giants would have been like in this format…

If you love rock music and sad stories, shut up and go buy this book.

Happy reading!


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