a notorious criminal who betrayed his murderous boss, Jimmy
now has kids and is trying to settle into a normal life. But
he is engaged in a ceaseless battle with his disaffected son,
who knows nothing of Jimmy's past until, that is, his father
discovers his ex-boss is out of prison and after his blood.
But, as he attempts to protect his family, Jimmy must tell
the truth about his terrible past if he is to save them...
& Joy is one of those graphic novels which almost
slips into the realm of pretentious, angst ridden self indulgence.
Almost, but not quite. It would have been so easy for Garth
Ennis's writing to have faltered in such a clichéd
father and son story.
the centre of the story is Jimmy, his young daughter and his
angst ridden teenage son, who never quite lives up to his
father's expectations - or at least that's how the young adult
feels. Jimmy's own father, now long dead, was a real man's
man - one that Jimmy idolised. And now Jimmy's concerned that
his son doesn't feel the same way about him. But that may
not matter soon, not if a ghost from the past manages to seek
his revenge on Jimmy.
are some fine comedic moments, thanks mainly to Jimmy's ex-partners
in crime, and in contrast some pretty brutal moments. Jimmy
has a few skeletons in his closet, but there is one that still
haunts him... an accident that should never have happened.
artwork is impressive, helping to draw you into the story,
which is extremely well conceived with a well executed conclusion.
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