Royal City

Royal City

Volume 1, Next of Kin

Comic Book - 2017
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Patrick Pike, a fading literary star, reluctantly returns to the once-thriving factory town of Royal City where he grew up. Patrick is quickly drawn back into the dramas of his two adult siblings, his overbearing mother and his brow beaten father, all of whom are still haunted by different versions of his youngest brother, Tommy, who drowned decades ago. As each member of the family struggles to keep themselves above water, it quickly becomes clear that Tommy's death isn't the only dark secret tearing the town, and this family, apart at the seams. Can each member of the Pike family come to terms with their own guilt over Tommy's death, and make peace with the many versions of Tommy that still haunt them, or will they all be dragged down below the river along with his lingering ghost?
Publisher: Portland, OR : Image Comics, Inc., [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781534302624
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm


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samcmar Jun 05, 2018

Jeff Lemire continues to be such a master storyteller when it comes to the deconstruction of family. This is a great series that looks at grief and the ways in which is can handled. Definitely worth checking out if you loved Roughneck.

Jan 24, 2018

Lemire writes another one that gets me right in the feels. His ability to pull a slice of life story to the levels he does is uncanny and will always interest me. Here we have a small town family torn apart by an incident in there past, now come back together when their father has a stroke. Everyone is dealing with their past trauma in different ways and it's clearly tearing them apart. Lemire presents great characters in the family and the town around them takes on a character of its own that's just as important to the story. Another home run for Lemire in my book.

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