October 5th, 2013

Book with cat: Scared

2013 book: Thumbprint

Thumbprint, by Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella, and Vic Malhotra.
(Book received for free for review from Diamond Book Distributors/IDW Publishing.)

Thumbprint is told from the point of view of a female Army soldier who worked at Abu Ghraib prison. I liked the art style a lot (felt like it was straight out of an 80s comic book -- felt very familiar to me). The writing was good, the art really helped tell the story.

Unfortunately I had to stop reading less than a quarter into the book. Seeing the physical, emotional, and psychological torture that went on at Abu Ghraib was just not something I wanted. (I wish I had stopped reading sooner, but I pressed on because I really do want to try to finish books I'm being asked to review.) I learned nothing new about the torture, but I still did not want to read about it, let alone see it in black and white drawings.

Don't get me wrong, it was not graphic, but just the fact that it was real made it worse to me.

If you'd like to learn what American soldiers did to real people, then you should pick up this book. If seeing it doesn't bother you, then you might enjoy Thumbprint. It's on sale for only 99 cents at Amazon (link above -- as usual, I get nothing if you click the link).