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Posted June 28, 2000
A full-color graphic novel published by Vertigo (an imprint of DC Comics directed at mature audiences) this is a gritty urban love story of the highest quality. We meet Noel Coleman, an ex-jewel thief from New York who falls in love with Helen, an eccentric animal lover and perpetually happy person from upstate. Noel decides to start his life anew with Helen, most easily expedited by completely lying about his past. Unfortunately, his past catches up with him when he returns to the city to sell his apartment, and discovers that a madman with an old grudge is out to kill him. What follows is Noel¿s hilarious, violent, and often touching struggle to escape his stalker, rescue his girlfriend, and cling to his new life. Baker excels in prose and pictures by combining smart, realistic dialogue with beautiful computer-rendered graphics and hand-drawn illustrations. Noel is a character the reader can identify with and be repulsed by, while completely sympathizing with his plight. And the not-so-happy yet convincingly real ending delivers better than many traditional novels. You Are Here may be the measuring stick for the future of the modern graphic novel. Masterful story pacing, page layout, silent panels, and text design combine to produce a book that can easily be appreciated by a mass audience, and persuade even the most conservative readers to give sequential art a chance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.