Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Nameless City

The Nameless City 
(The Nameless City #1)
By Faith Erin Hicks
Color by Jordie Bellaire
First Second, 2016. Comics. 232 p.

The City has been overtaken and ruled by so many different empires and is called so many different names by different people that it no longer has one name. When Kaidu arrives in the City to train to become a Dao warrior and meet his father, the City is experiencing some social and political upheaval. His father and the other generals are trying to assist the General of All Blades in maintaining order and balance in the City. Kaidu, not adhering to class and social structure of the City, befriends a city dweller named Rat. She teaches him how to move about the city using the rooftops. As the two become closer and break more rules, they learn of a sinister plot and their lives will never be the same again.

This is an outstanding graphic novel with adventure, humor, and heart that introduces a strong setting and memorable characters. The artwork of the roof jumping panels comes alive as the reader turns the pages. If you like Avatar: The Last Airbender you will like this series opener.

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