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King of the Flies: Hallorave (Vol. 1) by…

King of the Flies: Hallorave (Vol. 1)

by Pirus

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Violent, lots of sex, reminds me of Charles Burns who I stumbled across as a kid and really liked. Not for the weak of heart, but a engaging story of a teenager / coming of age type story with violence, ennui, and some pathos. ( )
  JonathanGorman | Mar 30, 2012 |
Holy cow, I don't think I've ever started a graphic novel and been as blase about it, only to get to the end and wonder what the hell I was thinking, to have discounted it so quickly. This was one of the moodier GN's I've read in the past year, and by far one of the strangest. It's spooky, how similar it is to Charles Burns' "X'ed Out" in both the mood, pacing, and even size of the book. The gist of the story is that there's a druggy brat of a teenager who likes to have sex and mess with people's minds, including his own. Add into that a cast of motley characters--an alcoholic father who daydreams about having sex with his daughter's friend (a la Kevin Spacey in "American Beauty"); a gun-toting bully who looks like a fat Charles Bronson; a young vixen who has sex with our hero just as her boyfriend is hit by a car; and so on. I have to admit, it's not your typical fare for graphic novels, but I'm looking forward to the second volume. ( )
  mikewick | Jan 10, 2011 |
Another graphic novel about stupid teenagers doing stupid things. Beating each other up. Taking drugs and not enjoying it. Having sex for no reason. These are the kind of people I've worked all my life to get away from. Reading about them doesn't make me like them any better. ( )
  randoymwords | Mar 31, 2010 |
L'ennui adolescent entre Ken Park et Black Hole de Charles Burns. ( )
  Harpoete | Jan 13, 2010 |
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"Set in a suburb that is both nowhere and everywhere, King of the Flies is a glorious bastard, combining the intricacy and subtlety of the best European graphic novels with a hyperdetailed, controlled noir style derived from the finest American cartoonists. Mezzo and Pirus, previously best known in Europe for a series of cynical, brutal gangster stories, have abandoned their guns and gals for this cycle of suburban stories, but in King of the Flies the violence has just (for the most part) been interiorized. King of the Flies first appears to be a series of unrelated short stories, each starring (and narrated by) a different protagonist, but it soon becomes obvious that these seemingly disparate episodes weave together to form a single complex narrative, with events that are only glimpsed (or even referred to) revisited from different perspectives-- revolving around Eric, a ne'er-do-well, drug-taking teenager at war with his stepfather and, apparently, the whole world. (He is the titular King.)" -- from publisher's web site.… (more)

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