Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Review: Supermarket [Graphic Novel]

Supermarket by Brian Wood, Art by Kristian
November 8, 2008 by IDW Publishing


In the future world of Supermarket, it's the literal truth. Legitimate and black-market economies rule the City, overseen by the vying factions of the Yakuza and Porno Swede crime families. Convenience store clerkette and 16-year old suburban wise-ass Pella Suzuki suddenly finds herself in the middle of it all, heir to an empire she couldn't possibly inherit, but hitmen on both sides aren't taking any chances.


Okay, I admit it. I'm a huge nerd, geek and what-have-you but this is the bookish world in the internet-universe and I know I'm not the only one who reads graphic novels, comics and manga. I grew up around illustrated stories, got into graphic novels when I was fairly young and I love a good story that's narrated with great art. To those people who aren't giving the comic book world a chance; you're missing out.

Say you love yourself some dystopian fiction, enjoy stories about the mafia, and hell, maybe you secretly love watching those Fast and Furious movies... Supermarket is a mighty fine graphic novel. I want to emphasize the word graphic too, because the art in this book does not follow the standard superhero-graphic-novel style. The colours are bright and well-thought out and each page is eye-catching without being offensive. The drawings themselves are look simply illustrated but in fact have a lot of character. The art reflects well on the urban adventure of the story and the artist has an excellent grasp of design. 

The story is fantastic. Money rules the world that Brian Wood created and Pella Suzuki, the main character, is caught in the middle of a gang war with two crime families. On one end, there's the Yakuza... on the other? Porno Swedes. That's right. You heard that right, Porno. Swedes. Do us all a favour and don't try and Google that, alright? Anyways, I don't want to spoil anything so I'll just say that the elements of story and art are meshed together in holy matrimony and it's a great read. People tend to think that words with pictures are childish but I digress, they stimulate how a story can be told and can even enhance the reading experience. This graphic novel isn't like the Archie comics you read as a kid. It's well-thought out; there's a deep story, there's a message, dark themes and if this were put into motion picture? I would rate it for teens and over considering the violence involved. 

Supermarket is exciting, bold and colourful. 

Rating: 4/5 Bookworms

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