Sunday, July 2, 2017

Pop Gun War: Gift (Pop Gun War #1), by Farel Dalrymple (author, illustrator)

Dark Horse Books, ISBN 9781569719343, July 2003

Sinclair is a boy living in a superficially normal yet utterly fantastic inner city environment. His sister, Emily, is an aspiring rock musician with her own band and a regular gig at Smith's bar. A very short man named Sunshine Montana has a fish that follows him around, floating through the air. Addison is a homeless artist. Koole is a very peculiar and somewhat sinister monk whom everyone finds a bit alarming.

Sinclair has wings, and can fly.

No one thinks Sinclair is much more peculiar than anyone else.

But while everyone goes about their business, Emily is approached by a strange man who says he works for a big corporation, and can make her rich.

The same man approaches Addison with the promise of making him a rich, successful artist.

And then someone starts luring the children away--the same man?--with the promise of a marvelous entertainment.

Who is Koole really, and what is he hiding under his robes? Who is the Doll King? What's really going on?

The art is attractive and engaging, and the story blends the fantastic and the mundane in a way that feels completely right. It's a pleasant escape from the news of the day, if you relax and go along for the ride.

Recommended.

I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher, and am reviewing it voluntarily.