Broxo is the debut fantasy graphic novel by Zack Giallongo and it is released today October 2, 2012. Although it is beautifully illustrated and does have brief moments of intensity and story clarity, there are too many confusing frames and sub-stories for me to fully recommend this title.
Broxo is the lone survivor of his village which was slain by their own ancestors who had become zombies because they didn’t blow on the Wylern to summon the Stag who would lead them to the underworld. Confused? I’m pretty sure that the projected teen and pre-teen intended audience will be too.
Broxo is visited by princess Zora who was sent to find the Perytons, the villagers who have been slain, in hopes that their villages could work and trade with each other. The adventure scenes are exciting and fabulously drawn, unfortunately when combined with the Norse, Neanderthal, Athenian, Lord of the Rings stew of mythologies they are complicated to follow. This is a beautiful book with a good sense of humor and will be appreciated by mid to late teen readers of deep fantasy but it’s too incoherent for the average graphic novel fan. Follow this link to see more of the book: http://us.macmillan.com/broxo/ZackGiallongo
My GoodReads rating: 3 stars
This week is Banned Books Week. It's a time for librarians, teachers and book lovers to spread awareness of attempts to limit what others have the opportunity to read. Each year the ALA (American Library Association) publishes a list of the most frequently challenged books and there are always surprises on the list. Each day this week I'll post two of the most challenged titles of 2011, (in descending order), as well as the reasons stated for the ban. Read a banned book today!
7) Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
8) What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit