I first became aware of this as a movie when it came out in the 80s as Bowie wrote a song for the soundtrack. As much as I loved post-apocalyptic worlds then, and as terrified as I was about nuclear war I didn't see it. But I found a copy of theI first became aware of this as a movie when it came out in the 80s as Bowie wrote a song for the soundtrack. As much as I loved post-apocalyptic worlds then, and as terrified as I was about nuclear war I didn't see it. But I found a copy of the graphic novel at the Oxfam and thought I'd give it a try.
First off as a graphic novel it was SUPER ugly! The guy was a very good artist but he had NO idea how to lay out boxes or divide up the text. The last 10 pages or so were tiny little boxes of the main characters which were half full of text and only half picture. It made me think that it'd work much better as a movie where you could have the art not interfered with by all the dialogue.
The story was nice and simple, two old people try and fail to survive a nuclear holocaust. The problem was that in his attempt to make his characters sweet and likeable they came off as totally naive and unbelievable. They kept making references to having survived the war and in such an off handed way it was as if WWII was not at all traumatic. It was the "keep calm and carry on" taken to a ridiculous conclusion. I can't believe that anyone who'd been through that would be so blase about everything, or that stupid. Or even to act that Old! It was an interesting idea to portray the horrors of nuclear war through the eyes of an old "dear" couple. Trying to get the human angle of the tragedy but unfortunately the characters being so hopeless kinda took away the impact rather than intensifying it. Still I suppose it was different. ...Continua Nascondi