I love comics. I love manga and American style and the works. So, while I can’t remember the exact moment that I added this book to my to-be-read list, upon reading the description, I sure can tell you why I added it.
Published: 12 February 2019
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Category: Young Adult/Graphic Novels/Sequential Art
A sweet, funny contemporary teen romance for the inner geek in all of us from graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks.
Miriam’s family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that’s what Miriam has: practically nothing. And practically nothing to look forward to either-how can she afford college when her family can barely keep a roof above their heads? As if she didn’t have enough to worry about, Miriam’s life gets much more complicated when a cute boy shows up in town . . . and turns out to be the grandson of the man who defrauded Miriam’s grandfather, and heir to the TomorrowMen fortune.
In her endearing debut novel, cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks pens a sensitive and funny Romeo and Juliet tale about modern romance, geek royalty, and what it takes to heal the long-festering scars of the past (Spoiler Alert: love).
I haven’t heard a lot about Comics Will Break Your Heart which seems a real shame. The author/artist behind it, Faith Erin Hicks, has done some amazing work. Among her published works is her current series, The Nameless City, now being released by First Second, a graphic novels company after my own heart.
The plot behind Faith’s new series is inspired by a classic Shakespearean tale, but who knows? There’s a lot more at play here than the general R&J outline. There’s the possibility of young love, sure, but also poverty, resentment, justice, and an art form that Miriam and the grandson of her family’s enemy just might be able to bond over. So many angles, so much to choose from, I don’t know where Faith’s going to take this book.
I’m hoping to see a lot of depth from Miriam’s side of the family. I know there’s going to be a lot of heartbreak and probably more than a little bitterness, which from the look of things sounds rightfully earned. But who knows? Is there another side to it? Another truth, as it were? What is the co-creator’s story? Stories change throughout generations and I’m sure there’s going to be explanations galore or something of the sort. What kind though? What are these kids and their families going to have to go through to find peace?
February seems like such a long time away, but with the speed that 2018 seems to be passing, I think we’ll be there before we know it and devouring this book.
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