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The Web: The Graphic Novel
Jonathan Kellerman, adapted by Ande Parks, illustrated by Michael Gaydos
176 pages
May 2014
rated 2 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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I am a huge fan of comics and graphic novels, but I was disappointed in this one. The Web follows Kellerman’s graphic novel Silent Partner. Dr. Alex Delaware (a psychologist) and his girlfriend, Robin Castagna, have been invited to the island of Aruk by Dr. Moreland. They are to stay for four months at “Knife Castle” to sort through some of the doctor’s mental health data and cases.

Although Robin is able to relax and recuperate there from a previous trauma, they immediately feel threatened and unwelcomed. They find hissing roaches in their bedroom, they meet people associated with murder charges and possible political crimes, and danger stirs when a man “marks his spot” next to Robin’s beach towel. Foreshadowing hints at white worm people, and after following the doctor into an underground hidden room, Alex discovers that they are real and that Dr. Moreland needs more from him then just organizing paperwork: they will need someone to look after them when Dr. Moreland dies.

Plotlines involving the navy base, vaccinations gone wrong, and the future of Aruk make up much of the story. Right from page one, I found the story hard to follow and enjoy because of all the black shadows and heavy lines in the black-and-white illustrations. The text was cramped and small, and mostly dialogue. This story likely reads better in novel form.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Tanya Boudreau, 2014

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