August 16, 2007

Graphic Novel Review: Sloth by Gilbert Hernandez


I am reviewing this purely for the weird factor. Is this one of the highlights of my graphic novel reading? Absolutely not, but it impresses me that graphic novel creators continue to expand the storylines graphic novels tell. It used to be that graphic novels took simple storylines and made them more complex by adding the graphic element. In Sloth, we have a fairly complicated storyline successfully contained in a short amount of pages (probably less than 100), due to a picture being worth a thousand words.

Now about the weird factor. The cover art on the entry pages shows lemons dropping to the sky like A-bombs. Weird, indeed. Miguel slept for a whole year with no medical explanation. You could call it a coma, but there was no medical explanation. Apparently this was a self-chosen slumber. After three months of physical therapy, Miguel is ready to rejoin the world, but he moves very slowly. It seems his legs just can't work at a normal pace.

He's back together with his old girlfriend, Lita, and playing in a band with his friend, Romeo. He's seeing a shrink and getting picked on by the locals. All seems kosher, except for these dreams he keeps having about lemon orchards and freaky women being buried alive by lemons.
After Miguel and his two companions explore the local lemon orchard late at night, the truth about Miguel's troubles gets more and more blurry. What was life like for Miguel before his coma? Is there more beneath the surface?

It kept me reading just so I could see what Miguel's problem was. This graphic novels has some language and a few scantily clad women shots. It is recommended for college age and up.

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