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Published on March 17th, 2012 | by Chris Tresson

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Review: Clay County Graphic Novel

Hey there nerds and nerdettes!

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Here I have a graphic novel called Clay County up for review. I actually came across this title via Twitter when writer, Bruce Brown, contacted me asking if I’d like a copy of his book. Obviously, I accepted and here we are.

Clay County is an original graphic novel from Arcana comics, which is written by Bruce Brown with Chip Christell and artwork from Adam Mrozowski.

I enjoyed it quite a lot and there are some really stand out panels in the book which I’d love to tell you about, but for those of you who want to know more about the title, without me giving anything away, here is the blurb from the back cover of the book:

The earth is ruled by ruthless alien invaders who came to our planet to conquer. Now three years after their invasion the merciless aliens have crushed the resistance and annihilated all freedom fighters but one: Sgt Coleman. Coleman is earth’s last hope, if he can find the SF-92, the maybe-just maybe-he can use it against the conquerors and win mankind’s freedom.

His search brings him to Clay County: a backward, red neck slice of the Midwest that is completely unaware-or too drunk to care-of humanity’s subjugation by an alien army. Together with the unlikely allies of Clay County citizens Bake, Vern, Hot Dog, and Root; Coleman sets out to find the SF-92 before the earth’s otherworldly overlords do, save mankind and drink a few cold ones along the way.

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First of all, when I read graphic novels, I like to read a bit, go away, then come back to the book and read a bit more. That didn’t happen with this particular book. I read it front to back in one sitting. The writing pulled me in from the beginning, the mix of different things like humour and action had me hooked. By the end, I only had one thought in my head and that was that this book could totally be turned into a movie and I’d go and see it the day it came out. It was that good.

As well as being impressed with the writer’s style and ability, I was also impressed by artist Adam Mrozowski. It’s not a style I’d usual go for in the books I read, I like a bit of realism or the typical ‘superhero’ style churned out by the big publishers, but this was a refreshing change for me and the art style fit well with the story being told. The colour work also impressed me, it wasn’t overly complicated, just different shades used throughout the book which didn’t take anything away from the words or pictures.  It is a great way to do things I think, it’s so easy to ruin a panel by having it overly colourful. Amazing job done by all, even the letterer, E.T. Dollman, cannot be faulted here. The creative team was solid, which made for a very enjoyable read.

Bottom line, it’s a great title and I would recommend you buy it. It has aliens, red necks and it will make you laugh and keep your attention, like it did me. If you want to get this book digitally, it is available from a number of sources, check here for those sources (if you still aren’t sold, there’s a preview on that link too, just to wet your whistle!). Alternatively, to buy this title in print, click here.

Thanks to Bruce Brown and Arcana for letting me review this title, it was awesome.

Stay Nerdy!

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