Monday, November 28, 2016
Book Review: Patience
Gosh, this was bad. I had to force myself to finish the book. It was one of the most disappointing graphic novel.
The story of this graphic novel begins in 2012, with Jack and Patience who are two poor but in love people who are about ready to have a baby. They are basically the your average American parents. Unfortunately we find out that Patience's has an extremely bad past. One that is about to catch up with her and cause her life to change. Spoiler alert, she dies. Her husband finds her corpse. The story should have ended here. Case Closed.
Of course for added drama the killer gets away and the husband never gets over it. Fast forward to 2029. It is crazy, and time travel is like a normal thing. It just so happens that the inventor is one of jacks friends.
I have read another one of Dan Clowes' books called Ghost World, which I also hated. It seems his books are very hit-or-miss, disappointing, or just plain boring. Honestly, out of the two Patience is the worst. It is a boring, overly long, confusing tale. That lacks purpose and frankly a point.
Maybe the name Patience is a warning??
I found it interesting that he went back in time to catch the killer, even though he had no idea of who it was? So he just picks an ex boyfriend. No planning, interviewing, thought processing, absolutely no detective work. The story line was none existent, and at some point they were just moments in time that were randomly sew together.
My last issue with this book is the BRIGHT AS CRAP COLORS, yes I understand the book was supposed to have a psychedelic 80's look to it, but it is more like off brand Crayola colors and gave me a headache.
Overall I DO NOT recommend this book to anyone. Thank goodness I got it at a library.
Patience is a psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially “Clowesian” and utterly unique in the author’s body of work.
This 180-page, full-color original graphic novel affords Clowes the opportunity to draw some of the most exuberant and breathtaking pages of his life, and to tell his most suspenseful, surprising and affecting story yet.
Daniel Gillespie Clowes is an Academy Award-nominated American author, screenwriter and cartoonist of alternative comic books.
Most of Clowes' work appears first in his ongoing anthology Eightball (1989-present), a collection of self-contained narratives and serialized graphic novels.
Several of these narratives have been collected published separately as graphic novels, most notably Ghost World. With filmmaker Terry Zwigoff, Clowes adapted Ghost World into the 2000 film of the same name, and also adapted another Eightball story into the 2006 film Art School Confidential. Before Eightball, Clowes worked on comic book series Lloyd Llewellyn, which in the later issues stronger foreshadowed some of the social criticism of his work with Eightball.