Dark rain : a New Orleans story

by Johnson, Mat.

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Braddock Carnegie Library Non Fiction GN JOH
Location  Braddock Carnegie Library
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  GN JOH
In the days after Hurricane Katrina, two men who fell through society's cracks travel to evacuate New Orleans to pull off the bank heist of a lifetime. Up against the clock and eluding armed competitors, the men find themselves in the middle of one of the greatest humanitarian disasters in American history. All around them, the institutions that form the pillars of our society are falling apart. Surrounded by death and misery, the men face a moral challenge greater than any other obstacle they've had to overcome. Is it possible to beat the system, even when it lies in ruins? Can they save even one person--or themselves? Or will those institutions come crashing down right on top of them?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Whereas Josh Neufeld's documentary comic A.D.: New Orleans after the Deluge (2009) traced the crucible of living through Katrina, this graphic novel uses the city's destruction more as setting than story. A couple of ex-cons (the righteous Dabny and scheming Emmit) plan to rob what they assume will be an abandoned bank. They look to an independent security firm called Dark Rain, headed by a sociopathic former soldier, Colonel Driggs, to get them back into New Orleans and maybe lend them a bit of spare plastic explosives. Naturally, Driggs finds it more convenient to just usurp their plan while attending to other shady pursuits and cuts them out of the action. Dabny and Emmit navigate the flooded streets themselves and face both the greed and heroism such calamities can inspire. Gane's artwork is lighter than one might expect but capably carries the drama and nicely employs varying shades of aqua blue as the only coloring. In all, a fine heist story set against a compelling portrait not only of the storm's destruction but also of the opportunistic hole it punched straight through a battered city.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Johnson here follows up his critically acclaimed Incognegro with a story of two ex-cons trying to pull a heist in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. An obvious play on the infamous Black Water private security firm, the title refers to a security firm central to the story. It also reflects Johnson's need to infuse everything he writes with some racial element, while never writing dialog more profound than what's found in a bad action movie. There are a few emotionally effective moments, as when a female character trapped in her flooded home has to escape the attic by kicking through the ceiling to climb on the roof, which then exposes her to the panorama of apocalyptic devastation of her neighborhood (a scene essentially ripped from CNN). British artist Gane traveled to New Orleans to get a feel for the city, and his art is clean and efficient but nothing truly striking. To his great credit, however, he does capture a wide range of emotions without often slipping into the campy overwrought facial expressions so many artists rely on to tell serious stories. Verdict A rather predictable mainstream attempt at capitalizing on the critical cache provided by the disaster that was Hurricane Katrina and the equally disastrous government response. Acceptable for teens and up with a predilection for pulp stories.-Robert Young, Charleston, SC © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Ex-convicts -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Bank robberies -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Hurricane Katrina, 2005 -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Hurricanes -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York :Vertigo/DC Comics,2010
Contributors Gane, Simon.
Loughridge, Lee.
Brosseau, Pat.
Vertigo (Firm)
DC Comics, Inc.
Audience "Suggested for mature readers"--Dust jacket.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781401221607 (hbk.)
1401221602 (hbk.)
9781401221614 (pbk.)
1401221610 (pbk.)
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