Sloth (Hardback)

Author: Gilbert Hernandez
Artists: Gilbert Hernandez
Titan Books
RRP: 15.99, US $19.99, Cdn $26.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 8457 6373 2
ISBN-10: 1 84576 373 4
Available 20 October 2006

Troubled teenager Miguel Serra
has had it with life. The only alternative he sees is to willingly slip into a comp. But one year later, Miguel becomes a walking urban legend after he wakes up virtually unchanged - except for his sloth-like pace. Soon, a haunted lemon orchard, the mysterious goatman and murder will collide as Miguel, his girlfriend Lita and their best friend Romeo take on the teenage wasteland that is suburbia. Will Miguel find love? Or has he risen from his slumber just to end up another rock and roll suicide...?

Sloth is a hypnotic coming-of-age tale which examines what it means to truly be alive in a land where life is not precious. The narrative is neatly weaved around love, friendship and urban myths.

What's intriguing about this collection is that after you've read it once you are instantly compelled to start reading all over again - something that so few graphic novels do these days. It's also a story that once you start reading you won't want to put down until you've read the final panel.

Author/artist Gilbert Hernandez takes us on quite an interesting ride and, just as you start to think your settling into the characters and their relationships, he pulls the rug out from under you, forcing you to reassess what the is perceived as fact in this universe.

An original and engaging tale that will take you on quite a few unexpected trips.

Nick Smithson

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