Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

Doug TenNapel, author of Ghostopolis, has created another gorgeous graphic novel with his recent release of Bad Island.  In this tale, we follow teen boy, Reese who is forced to go on a boating trip with his parents and little sister.  A storm breaks out before reaching their destination, diverting their travel and ending up on an unknown island inhabited by odd plants and creatures.  The family must fight to survive and return home . . . . if they can.

Bad Island is a story of struggles . . . the struggles of being a teen, the challenges facing parents of teens, and of course, survival.  However, it is so much more than that.  Bad Island is a story of love and family, no matter what universe you may be from.

I cannot review TenNapel's latest work without also mentioning his art.  He has a talent for illustrations and is quickly becoming one of my favorite graphic novelists.  His colorful slides and his ability to capture emotion is amazing, particularly when strategically placing two-toned slides throughout his tale.  He grabs the reader's attention quickly and doesn't let it go until the final page is turned.  And, I would not be surprised if the reader turned back to the beginning to soak in bits of the story immediately afterwards.  Afterall, I did just that!  Bad Island will simply want you coming back for more.

Have you had the pleasure of experiencing TenNapel's work yet?  Which would you consider your favorite piece so far?


  1. I hane not read this book nor have I heard of this author...but the book sounds interesting!!!

    I especially would love to see the art part!!!

  2. Patty ... Love the art!! I definitely recommend this one!!

  3. Yay! I have to go pick this one up. Ghostopolis was so fun, so I'm excited to see this one out. Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Becky ... You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :)


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