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Remember
by Benjamin
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TOKYOPOP, 2010 (2010)
Paperback
* * *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Remember is much edgier than Benjamin's first graphic novel to be brought to America (Orange), but it still shows off the artist's brilliant talent. This graphic novel is comprised of two short stories, 'No One Can Fly. No One Can Remember.' and 'That Year, That Summer.' Both are about memories of hopes dashed and unexpected outcomes. The words themselves make for powerful enough stories, but Benjamin's artwork carries them to a whole new level.

'No One Can Fly. No One Can Remember.' is the lighter of the two entries. The story itself is a little more upbeat and the artwork is more open with pleasing pops of color. While Benjamin's art is characterized by definite brush strokes (I honestly cannot tell if they are by hand or computer they are that good), the strokes are infinitely harsher in 'That Year, That Summer.' This adds a gritty edge to the story that conveys more emotion than either words or art alone.

Benjamin is an extremely talented graphic novelist. If you enjoy good comic art, you need to pick up Remember (or Orange if you would like something lighter).

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