Saturday, November 10, 2012

Graphic Novel Review of Bayou, Volume 1 by Jeremy Love

Graphic Novel Saturdays occur once a month here on Eastern Sunset Reads and will feature a new graphic novel on the second Saturday of each month. This is a whole new genre for me that I am excited about and hope you will all join me in the excitement of finding new adventures!

Synopsis: "South of the Mason-Dixon Line lies a strange land of gods and monsters; a world parallel to our own, born from centuries of slavery, civil war, and hate.

Lee Wagstaff is the daughter of a black sharecropper in the depression-era town of Charon, Mississippi. When Lily Westmoreland, her white playmate, is snatched by agents of an evil creature known as Bog, Lee's father is accused of kidnapping. Lee's only hope is to follow Lily's trail into this fantastic and frightening alternate world. Along the way she enlists the help of a benevolent, blues singing, swamp monster called Bayou. Together, Lee and Bayou trek across a hauntingly familiar Southern Neverland, confronting creatures both benign and malevolent, in an effort to rescue Lily and save Lee's father from being lynched.

BAYOU VOL. 1 collects the first four chapters of the critically acclaimed webcomic series by Glyph Award nominee Jeremy Love."

My Review: Not really sure what to think of this one. It is disturbing, the language and the violence but it is correct to the era unfortunately. That is probably why it is uncomfortable to read, that it was so hard for them. Once I got past that, it seems like the start to an exciting adventure. I adore little Lee, such a tough little girl who tries her hardest to do what is right. But I have to say I love Bayou, so sweet and kind! I am a little curious what happens in the next volume.
My Rating: Bayou has an interesting mix of characters and is appropriate for the era. It was a good start to the story, but for me I am not sure if it will get me to come back for the next volume.  We will have to see if it nags in the back of my mind until I just have to find out what happens next. I give it a rating of Two Paws.


  1. I always struggle rating books with harsh language or graphic scenes too. If I loved it and recommend it, I have certain people who would be so mad at me for telling them to read it. Or I just sound naive and prudish. Sigh!

    1. That is really how I felt, I know that it is era correct but I don't agree with the language or treatment of people.