Staff Book Review

Local by Brian Wood; illustrated by Ryan Kelly
Stacks PN6727.W65 L6 2008

As a huge fan of both Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly’s work, I highly recommend Local to any graphic novel fan. The story consists of 12 cinematic vignettes that follow young Megan Mckeenan across 12 years, 12 cities and two countries. The reader looks in as Megan reinvents herself in each new location and deals with a crazy boyfriend, a stalker, an obnoxious roommate, and a hostage situation. Wood’s enigmatic character and Kelly’s alluring illustrations make Local a must read. Each city, from Portland to Austin to Brooklyn, becomes a character in the story complete with its own charms, flaws and famous haunts.

Local is the perfect distraction for any college student.

Janine Gericke
Library Assistant IV/Stacks Coordinator

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