Readers of The Lost Art


March 4th, 2009


Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Philip Bond
Reviewer: Louise

Ali, a young Pakistani lad living in Bradford, is a nervous man. He’s getting married shortly, dreaming about meeting his bride-to-be before the happy event, when suddenly his younger brother vanishes from the family corner shop. Whilst searching, he meets his bride-to-be, Sofia, and the two of them bond during their search. Unfortunately for them, all hell is breaking loose (literally) under the shop, and giants begin rampaging through the cities of Earth. Only the legendary hero Prince Ben Rama can stop them… except that he seems to have fallen for Sofia.

This is an engagingly-different tale of heroism from Grant Morrison. The “different culture” angle is well-handled; Ali and his family are well-written and fully belivable, balancing out the supernatural elements of the story nicely. With some darker themes of death and despair, but scenes of humour and love as well, it’s a good story with nice artwork. Definitely recommended for those tired of tales about men in tights.

Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: Vertigo (January 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 1401204961

(First published 17/01/2007.)

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