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VOYAThe tale of two friends, Ross and Gareth, are detailed in this substantial yet little graphic novel. Their paths start to veer away from one another when Ross takes up with a group of hippies and Gareth seeks employment in a restaurant. Slowly Ross lives farther away from society and becomes more feral than human. Gareth tries to maintain a relationship with him through providing Ross with food. Their relationship is examined in flashbacks as Gareth tries to help Ross save whatever is left of his sanity and life. Swain's story has something different for every reader. Swain folds multiple layers into the story and art and leaves the layers open to readers' interpretations. At first glance, the black-and-white art is rather bland, but it fits this challenging story line. Readers will need to read and examine the art closely to pick up the clues that Swain offers, indicating when the panels are in a flashback mode or Gareth's present time. The art consistently becomes darker as Ross becomes more feral. Overall this title is a thought-provoking piece that many readers might pass over for the more fun graphic novel. But if given the opportunity, readers will be able to get much out of it. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P S A/YA G (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults; Graphic Novel Format). 2004, Fantagraphics, 80p., Trade pb. Ages 15 to Adult.