Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3351:
I haven't seen this comic book series before, so when the Collected Edition (Hardcover) came in the mail, I took a quick look at it. I was wondering if this would be one that my wife, Tina LoSasso, would want to read and possibly review blog.
However, her schedule kept her from getting to it right away, so I looked at it a bit more, and realized that the topic was one that interested me, as I enjoy reading comics / graphic novels / TPBs that have historical background.
Here's what the publisher uses for the 'promo blurb':
"In Sumer, before the rise of the kingship, the prosperous city of Birith is known throughout the land for its devotion to the goddess Inanna. But after a thousand years of plenty, the city is in danger of being overrun by the nomadic refugees that swell in number outside of its walls. Even as her high priest makes plans to preside over his final ritual to Inanna and name a successor, powerful interests outside of the city begin to question the wisdom of continuing to submit to the Temple's authority. Collects and completes the Inanna's Tears series."
So what's my take on this 'collected edition'?
I found that with my love of history, that I was caught up in this storyline, even though it goes so far back, that I wasn't aware of the historical basis of the series.
When the young woman named Entika is chosen as 'consort' to the goddess Inanna, I feel for her being thrust into the role by her mentor, who knows his time on earth is about over. She doesn't feel ready, especially since her knowledge of the outside world beyond the Temple's walls is not current.
Indeed she must overcome not only her own peoples prejudices against her, but also the might of what is truly a cunning enemy outside those walls. A wolf among sheep if you would, as those outside the walls have grown mighty, unbeknown to the Temple's old consort.
I've seen where this is considered a 'proto-historical romantic tragedy'. I've got to agree with that selection of genre for this collected edition.
I must say, that this series was 'collected' very well in this book format. Quite honestly, if I had seen the individual 'floppy' comic book issues at my LCBS, I would have been a little 'put off' by the beginning of the 1st issue. The first three pages are in an 'old style font', which made it hard for me to read. If I was browsing at my LCBS, and 'judged' the rest of the 1st issue by those three pages, I may not have read further. (The font style does change on page four.)
It was the unique art style that made me push on reading the first chapter (issue) in this collected edition. But it was the storyline that made me finish it in two readings, it was so well thought out and engaged me mentally as well as visually. A good blend of sequential storytelling.
I won't go into more of the storyline, but it made me realize that times may change, and years go on into decades which turn into centuries, but man still has this wanting to do better for themselves. Although their passion for life may be usurped by others. Egypt today is one of those settings that this book made me think of...
This collected edition is not your typical graphic novel. The individual comic book issues have been formatted into a 'graphic novel' presentation, and should be considered more for a 'mainstream' reading audience, although the recommended age group for reading this is a bit older, (Mature Readers). This book should do well in 'bookstores', with those that have a well stocked 'graphic novel' section.
My Review Rating for this publication is VERY FINE / NEAR MINT (VF/NM) 9.0 out of a possible 10.0 Comic Book Grading scale.
Inanna's Tears Collected Edition Hardover - went on sale: February 9th in comic book shops, February 15th wherever books are sold... Check it out TODAY before it's gone!
Retail Price $19.95 Page count: 136 pages
Format: hardcover book with dust jacket, 6.625" x 10.25", full color
Mature Readers (series contains Nudity, and Adult Content)
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