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Family Ties: An Alaskan Crime Drama
     

Family Ties: An Alaskan Crime Drama

by Eric Hobbs
 

Hoping to secure a future for his three children, an aging Alaskan crime boss looks to retire and divide his empire among his heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This proves to be a fatal mistake, as his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. An epic tale of betrayal and loss,

Overview

Hoping to secure a future for his three children, an aging Alaskan crime boss looks to retire and divide his empire among his heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This proves to be a fatal mistake, as his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. An epic tale of betrayal and loss, this engrossing graphic novel is a mix of King Lear and The Godfather in the dramatic setting of Alaska.

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From the Publisher

"Hobbs provides convincing characterizations and a satisfying conclusion. Recommended."  —Library Journal on The Broadcast

"With all the hallmarks of the best mob movies, alongside the emotions of family dramas, Hobbs has crafted an engaging and original story." —William Kulesa, NJ.com

"It's a bloody play, and Hobbs remains true to the tale's basics . . . a superb graphic novel that should appeal to students of Elizabethan drama and of grandiosely brutal gangster stories." —Bill Sherman, Seattle-PI

"Superb. A striking graphic novel." —Bill Sherman, seattlepi.com

"A page-turner for sure, Family Ties will keep you at the edge of your seat." —Jeff Ayers, graphicnovelreporter.com

VOYA, August 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 3) - Susan Redman-Parodi
A graphic-novel modernization of Shakespeare’s play King Lear, this crime drama tells the tale of Alaskan kingpin Jackie Giovanni, his two antagonistic daughters, and his idealistic protagonist son. In a mob-family drama reminiscent of The Godfather, Giovanni, aging with dementia, is trying to maintain control of all that he built in his crime empire while slowly releasing authority to his three children. Meanwhile, his greedy, plotting daughters scheme for control over the family fortune according to their own time line, as the son, younger and sincere, refuses any association to the family business. This refusal angers the father and sends him off into the night confused and enraged, only to be pursued and comforted by his illegitimate son for whom he feels inner turmoil. As the daughters plot to overturn their father, the tension unwinds to unfold layers of their corruption and concealed offenses; they allow for nothing to stand in the way of the leader they are attempting to usurp. The gritty illustrations, although details are difficult to decipher, add to the feeling of chaos and support the conflict as it unfolds. While the roots of the classic tragedy are vaguely seen in this modern retelling, the overall “fallen king” aspect is lost to what is told in too much detail regarding the father’s struggles with dementia and consequent elder care issues. This emphasis will lose some of the readers who sought it for the “crime drama” aspect, and it jeopardizes the validity of calling it a Shakespearean retelling. While the steadfast reader will get a sense of the themed conflict, there is not a prevalent sense of right and wrong due to the lack of character development. The original Elizabethan work brings forth this struggle more eloquently. Reviewer: Susan Redman-Parodi; Ages 15 to 18.
Library Journal
08/01/2014
When mobster boss Jackie Giovanni develops dementia, his disinherited son Cain, a nurse, tries to get dad into residential care. But greedy daughters Shannon and Kim scheme to get rid of Jackie and take over the business together with Edmund, the illegitimate son of Jackie's henchman, Francis. Soon overeager attacks and backstabbing among the young people set off a cascade of mayhem as Jackie's condition worsens. Tuazon's scratchy black-and-gray-wash art makes the story seem as dirty as the characters' hands and is especially ominous in depicting struggles and gunplay outdoors during the Alaskan winter. The rain and snow almost seem to dissolve as ink on the page, making artful murk of surroundings and sometimes characters. VERDICT Based on Shakespeare's King Lear, Hobbs's tight, nasty plot unrolls inevitably, one more example of how universal the Bard's characters still are, even with trappings recalling Mario Puzo's The Godfather. (Two film versions of a mobster Macbeth have been produced.) This makes juicy yet sobering reading for high schoolers and adults, many of whom will eventually confront dementia in the family themselves.—M.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561637294
Publisher:
N B M Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/01/2014
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Eric Hobbs is the author of the graphic novels Awakenings, The Broadcast, and The Librarian. He lives in Kokomo, Indiana. Noel Tuazon is the illustrator of the graphic novels The Broadcast, Elk's Run, and Tumor. He lives in Toronto.

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