Cairo : a graphic novel

by Wilson, G. Willow.

Format: Print Book 2006
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Written by G. Willow Wilson Art and cover by M.K. Perker Written by breakout talent G. Willow Wilson, a Cairo-based journalist, and drawn by renowned illustrator M.K. Perker, the original hardcover graphic novel CAIRO is action-adventure that brings the ancient and modern Middle East together with a Vertigo twist! A stolen hookah, a spiritual underworld, and a genie on the run change the lives of five strangers forever in this modern fable set on the streets of the Middle East's largest metropolis! This magical-realism thriller interweaves the fates of a drug runner, a down-on-his luck journalist, an American expatriate, a young activist, and an Israeli soldier as they race through bustling present-day Cairo to find an artifact of unimaginable power, one protected by a dignified jinn and sought by a wrathful gangster-magician. But the vastness of Africa's legendary City of Victory extends into a spiritual realm - the Undernile - and even darker powers lurk there...
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A drug-smuggling Egyptian in possession of a djinn-friendly hookah (djinn = genie), an Israeli soldier caught out in Cairo and endangered by her allegiance and her gender, an overeager female journalism student from America, an even younger American Lebanese youth, and a far more experienced male journalist who has never traveled beyond Cairo are brought together in a story that moves with grace and vigor. The opening pages depict each character's travails until they are brought together under duress by strong-arm robbers and mischievous underworld spirits. Panels of varying sizes differently aligned vividly portray chases through modern Cairo's streets, alleys, and coffeehouses and in an underworld in which gravity sometimes fails, leaving the characters walking on the ceiling. Each main character is near-tragically flawed yet worthy of sympathy, so that the sweet ending suits the ensemble drama. Scripting and art complement each other well in an adventure with lots of appeal for readers willing to try a literary graphic novel and for those simply looking for the next good one.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A lush and energetic drawing style makes for a beautiful book, but the plot of this ambitious graphic novel falls short. Wilson, a journalist who has spent many years in the city of the book's title, gamely attempts to construct a gripping narrative, mixing magic, politics and romance. Her story brings together an American tourist, a would-be suicide bomber, a female Israeli soldier, a smalltime drug runner and a radical Egyptian reporter. Add to this mix a hookah with a smooth-talking genie inside, and you have the makings of a fine story. The sum is somewhat less than its parts, however, as various subplots fail to mesh comfortably, plot points and elements of magic and legend are inadequately introduced, and a long-winded explanation of political ideals weighs down the last quarter of the book. Wilson is a talented young writer, but tells her story at an uneven pace, revealing crucial elements late in the book. Narrative faltering aside, the knowledgeable view of the Islamic world and interesting visual effects do keep the reader's attention. Perker draws the city and the legendary figures in rich detail, revealing personalities and emotional states in characters' faces. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Cairo (Egypt) -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York :DC Comics,2006
Contributors Perker, M. K.
Lanham, Travis.
DC Comics, Inc.
Audience "Suggested for mature readers"--Book jacket.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781401211400 (hc)
1401211402 (hc)
9781401217341 (pbk.)
1401217346 (pbk.)
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