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Book Review: Incredible Doom by Matthew Bogart & Jesse Holden

 * I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. * 

Title: Incredible Doom
Author: Matthew Bogart & Jesse Holden
Publisher: HarperAlley
Source: From Publisher

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Book Summary:

It’s the dawn of a new age…the age of the internet.

Allison is drowning under the weight of her manipulative stage magician father. When he brings home the family’s first computer, she escapes into a thrilling new world where she meets Samir, a like-minded new online friend who has just agreed to run away from home with her.

After moving to a new town and leaving all of his friends behind, Richard receives a mysterious note in his locker with instructions on how to connect to “Evol BBS,” a dial-in bulletin board system, and meets a fierce punk named Tina who comes into his life and shakes his entire world view loose.

Unlikely alliances, first love, and minor crime sprees abound in this teen graphic novel debut about making connections while your world is falling apart.

Book Review:

When I saw the opportunity to review this graphic novel and I jumped at the chance. Although I love graphic novels I don't get the chance to review them a whole lot and the interesting nature made me super keen. Overall, I did enjoy Incredible Doom and I definitely recommend it.

So the graphic novel when published will be two-toned and although I only got a little sneak peek into this, I really liked it. The blue also worked super well and added to the overall feel of the novel and the nineties setting.

The art style is also a big part of graphic novels and although I thought that it was good, it was not really anything new. Sometimes I don't think it does, it just has to serve the story which it does.

The story is also quite unique and I loved seeing all the different character stories come together especially towards the end. Also, the characters all had diverse lifestyles living in poorer situations to parents who were not the best.

In the beginning, I was really invested in the story and the characters so I read it really quickly, which is a credit to the writing which is a forgotten part of graphic novels. The pace of the story is fast and it never has a dull moment. This is also partly a credit to all of the stories that combine and bring interest in their own rights.

All of the characters were interesting in their own ways and I think they all bring different parts to the story. This is especially the case with Allison and Samir. I liked their blossoming romance and friendship near the end of the book. The friendship between Richard and Tina was also great and complicated too.

The setting has to work for the story and I think the nineties work. I also liked seeing the Internet and old computer chat which made me feel old as some of it I didn't understand. I liked the details and the feel of the story.

Basically, it was a really good first part and hopefully, I will be able to pick up the sequel when it comes out.

The Verdict:

Incredible Doom will give those who grew up in the nineties major nostalgia and for anyone else, it's an enjoyable graphic novel. 

Have you read Incredible Doom? If so, what did you think? Do you want to? Let me know in the comments.


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