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Winner of the 2012 Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work
Posted June 29, 2011
If you like true crime, but sometimes find it gets dragged down in the details - then this is the book for you. They say a picture is worth 1000 words, and because this is a graphic novel, the author has the luxury of letting details fall on to the capable hands of the illustrator. This lets the author focus on the plot, and how the individuals involved changed over the course of the investigation.
Well worth reading for both fans of graphic novels and true crime.
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Posted September 30, 2011
This was a really interesting book. I had no idea that it was based on true events but told from the perspective of the detective's son. The cased lasted 20 years and you get to see what happened to this detective and his family during those 20 years. It has some great emotional moments and is so different from most detective stories.
The art is wonderful illustrated, well told and able to deliver on the emotional demands of the story. However it is completely in black and white, which I usually like, but this one was a bit stark. With so many characters it is sometimes hard to tell who is who, but you always know who the main character is. Also this story jumps around in time, which is handled fairly well. I sometimes missed the text cues at first (my reader edition was a bit pixilated). Color would have really helped define different moments in time and characters.
If you are interested in detective stories, cold cases, or serial killers then this is a really good read. Some of the art may be harder to 'read' for a first time comic book reader, but really delivers when needed. It's a true story so there are no high-speed action stakes, but after I finished it I felt like I learned something.
Reviewed by Chris for Book Sake
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Posted July 20, 2012
I like the angle that Jensen used in his writing, as a portrait of his father (one of the actual investigators of the crime). He humanizes the criminal and the investigators well. A personal and thought provoking story of a grisly and inhuman serial killer case.
Great read, couldn't stop. Reminds me of Brian Micheal Bendis' "Torso"
Posted July 6, 2012
I have never heard of the “Green River Killer” before. After reading this true story about the sadistic real life monster I can’t believe I had never heard of this when it was current news. The story of the detective who dedicated his life and sacrificed so much on almost entirely this one case is amazing. Written by the son of the detective readers get rare insight into an actual murder investigation. The killer is obviously a monster but portrayed here he is so disturbing that the fact that its non-fiction will give you cause to look over shoulder when walking down the street. The art is basic but also a perfect fit for this book. Overall I think a lot people might overlook this book and that would be a huge mistake. This was a fantastic read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2012
Posted November 5, 2012
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