A licky wet tongue shatterd Jimmy’s dreams of glory.
About the Book
In this graphic novel aimed at kids, Jimmy loves to read war comics. And dreams about being a WW1 era fighter pilot. Early one Sunday morning, as he walks his dog, he discovers a bearded, scruffy man dozing in a derelict factory and wonders why he is there.
We follow Jimmy as the scruffy man, a veteran of the Vietnam conflict tells his story.
My library has a paltry selection of graphic novels, which rarely seems to change much. However when I was in there the other week I picked up this one and the first of Joss Whedon’s Buffy ‘Series Eight’ collections.
Why did I pick it, because it was one I hadn’t seen before, mainly, and it was very short. It is one of the shortest graphic novels I’ve come across at only 30 odd pages, so, if I didn’t like it I’d have finished it before I realised .
Did I enjoy it?
Well yes… and… no… The art work is certainly very good, and the linked elements and motifs work well to pull you through the pages. There’s also, something powerful about the ‘scruffy-man’s’ tale. It’s just that there doesn’t seem to be a point, other that to listen to the man’s tale. And I think it’s the books brevity that is at fault.
So much more could have been made of Jimmy’s dreams and the reality he discovers in talking to the veteran. And if we could have spent a bit more time meeting the veteran and his friends, what happened to them could be so much more…
Then again, because of all that, it would work very well as a discussion piece: “What is this book trying to tell us?”