Exit Wounds

Exit Wounds

Graphic Novel - 2007
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Set in modern-day Tel Aviv, a young man, Koby Franco, receives an urgent phone call from a female soldier. Learning that his estranged father may have been a victim of a suicide bombing in Hadera, Koby reluctantly joins the soldier in searching for clues. His death would certainly explain his empty apartment and disconnected phone line. As Koby tries to unravel the mystery of his father's death, he finds himself piecing together not only the last few months of his father's life but his entire identity
Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781897299067
1897299060
Branch Call Number: GN Modan, R 2007
Characteristics: 172 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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mrlindner
Jan 10, 2018

Read 22 January 2016: I enjoyed this. I don’t feel like I can say a lot about it without giving away the story, though.

This has been on my to be read list for a while now but I recently read Modan’s The Property so I went ahead and moved this one to the top of the heap.

This is what I said about The Property and I think it equally applies, although the walls and directions are different in this earlier work:

“I quite enjoyed this quick read; I read it in [just] under an hour. … Walls are put up only to be dismantled from another direction. Affections of all kinds, and how quickly we can gain and lose them, are beautifully illuminated. Old animosities are reinforced and challenged. It is a properly complicated look at our world and some of its complications.

The art work is lovely and effective at conveying subtle and rapidly changing moods.”

The ellipsis covers the few story detail I gave which are different, of course. For this one let me quote from the publisher’s blurb on the back cover:

“In modern-day Tel Aviv, a young man, Koby Franco, receives an urgent call from a female solider named Numi. Learning that his estranged father may have been a victim of a suicide bombing in Hadera, Koby reluctantly joins Numi in searching for clues. As Koby tries to unravel the mystery of his missing father, he fide himself not only piecing together the last few months of his father’s life, but his entire identity” [back cover, Exit Wounds].

Accurate as such. I think “entire identity” is a bit of a stretch but you will learn plenty.

Recommended if you like reading graphic novels that help illuminate what it is to be human. I think I enjoyed The Property just a bit more.

Talented author, indeed. Checking library catalog(s) for other works…

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Gary Geiserman
Jul 28, 2015

Similar in feel to “Jellyfish”, the movie from Israel. >>>> Very very nice both story and artwork. Lots of rounded off corners with a ‘distasteful’ theme. Kind of Buddhistic (‘Jewbu’). Love stories need some buddhism.

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vfryzek
Jul 17, 2015

When I read the summary for Exit Wounds I was expecting something with a Political Statement.
I don't believe that is what your going to find here.
What you will find is a Mature story an Angry protagonist in a climate that is alien to most readers.
Don't expect to be spoon fed the story either. I found my self going back and re reading a few parts.
The story may stick with you for a while so be warned.

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mclarjh
May 25, 2015

I liked the illustrations, but the protagonist is unsympathetic, and the story is implausible.

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travismcewan
Aug 08, 2013

I thought this was a great modern noir. Loved the direction it took me and couldn't wait for what happened next. The illustrating was great. There's some awkward humor. I was pretty happy with the ending. This is a great entry point for adult graphic novels.

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tdmenten1
Jul 16, 2013

Not compelling on any level really --- the artwork is uneven and the narrative doesn't have much to tell. I didn't find any of the characters to be especially interesting so I didn't really feel invested in what happened to them. Frankly, I didn't care about whether or not Koby figured out where his dad was, which was supposed to be the entire point of the story. Frankly I found Numi far more interesting of a character.

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marishkajuko
Aug 08, 2011

marishkajuko thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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