Marble Season deemed a "very good story" by Diversions Journal

“Reviewed: Julio’s Day and Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez” / Diversions Journal / Allison Schulz / May 7, 2013

In April Gilbert Hernandez released not one but two beautiful new graphic novels, Julio’s Day and Marble Season.

....A very cool story of the experience of young Huey and the escapades he gets into with his brothers and his friends in their neighborhood.

Marble Season is partly based on the authors own life.

Huey’s boyhood love for fun and fiction shine through the pages of this graphic novel. Caught between worlds- of an older brother and a younger brother, Huey adores writing and acting out stories and is always reading comic books. His character is multifaceted, however, and he gets into some trouble both as a boy and as a creative soul. He hits roadblocks and makes some poor decisions– albeit pretty innocently– throughout.

There’s something in this book that induces a sharp nostalgia for a return to the feeling of childhood innocence. It is quite an indulgence to put yourself in that mode and explore the story through that lens.

Pro: Another great hardcover book, with a thorough afterword by Corey K. Creekmur from the University of Iowa and a “detailing of pop culture references” page that Hernandez has constructed.

Pro: Safe for younger or more conservative audiences, as opposed to most other Hernandez works.

Con: This book left a good impression on me, but the subject just wasn’t as interesting to me as I think it will be for others, especially guys!

Con: I’d loved to have seen Hernandez use some color in this book! At least we got the cool covers out of the two books.

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