EXIT WOUNDS reviewed by San Jose Mercury News

“'Persepolis' curries interest in other literary graphic novels” / San Jose Mercury News / Randy Myers / January 11, 2008

The acclaimed "Persepolis" -- the movie -- might just be the film that convinces hold-outs on America's graphic novel craze that reading a comic book might be worth their while. For those willing to take that plunge, here are a few literary-minded graphic novels -- or long-form comics -- worth adding to your bookshelf next to "The Kite Runner" and "Atonement."


Exit Wounds" by Rutu Modan (Drawn & Quarterly, $19.95). It's hard to imagine that Modan's book is fiction. Everything about the Israeli cartoonist's work rings authentic, from the scenes in an ethnically divided cemetery to a blood-splattered hospital. But Modan's story keeps "Wounds" quite human, even hopeful. She weaves a compelling narrative about a Tel Aviv taxi driver's attempt to find out if his father was a victim in a suicide bomb attack. Surprises abound in Modan's long-form comic, which depicts damaged people healing from their own and other's wounds. It's my favorite graphic novel of 2007.

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