No’madd – Graphic Novel Review

A couple of weeks ago, while I was out in LA for “Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con,” I ran across a booth featuring a graphic novel from AK Comics titled

No’madd: The City of Empty Towers

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The art was intriguing enough for me to stop and inquire, and it was my luck to be speaking to Andrew Kafoury, the writer of No’madd.

Along with Andrew, Todd Herman (art), Lee Moyer (cover and paint), and Tom Orzechowski (letters and edits) have put together an interesting little graphic novel, detailing the titular No’madd as he journeys from the safety of his home to investigate and confront a prophesied invasion in a distant land.

Leaving behing his wife and son, No’madd spends months traveling, trying to appease the Goddess Tyon, represented by the moon, so he may become the champion of his world.

I don’t want to recount the whole thing because, really, what would be the point of you buying it, am I right? So let me just address a few things and let you get on with your busy day.

The art feels like a mix of styles, from line drawing, to digital renderings, so what almost feels like watercolor (though I know that’s a digital effect). Presenting using only shades of black, blue, and white, the book reflects the pervasiveness of the moon goddess in every panel. The story is a reflection of No’madd’s journey to earn her favor, and so all the action takes place under her watchful eye: the moonlight illuminates everything.

And it’s gorgeous to look at.

There is very little dialogue between characters, though though there is a ton of expository thinking, often spanning decades of story time. This makes the various sections of the book fly by, and although I enjoyed the book overall, I can’t help but feel this is more a story guide than a story. Something akin to a set of movie storyboards, if you will.

But, if you’re looking for something a bit different from what’s currently out there, then let me whole-heartedly recommend No’madd.

This is a very well-put together piece of work, and the crew over at AK Comics should be very proud, and get to work on what comes next.

I wasn’t disappointed, and I don’t think you will be, either.

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