Friday, August 3, 2012

REVIEW: Johnny Hiro by Fred Chao










This graphic Novel was a fun surprise in my mailbox from Tor :) Fred Chao is a very talented artist and this collection highlights his artistic and narrative style. Told in several interlocking stories Johnny Hiro shows us the adventures of  young Brooklyn residents Johnny and Mayumi . Johnny works as a busboy in a restaurant. His goal is to eventually be a fish cutter. Several of the stories are tied around Johnny’s restaurant. A great balance of humor and heart . There are also some fun guest appearances by New York luminaries like the Mayor and Judge Judy!

There is a lot of whimsy in these tales as well, with Johnny and Mayumi facing giant lizards, and Opera invading Samurai!

I especially enjoyed the one page stories towards the end of the book. This is a great contemporary snapshot of a young couple living and loving in the big city .

This book really showcases the versatility of the GN format and is a great standalone read.

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