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The concrete shell of Detroit's cracked open to reveal loamy soil, rich with potential. But someone knows there's more profit in controlling hunger than selling food... the world was simpler before the righteous floated away into the sky, and magic started working. The all-new six-issue story spinning out of the acclaimed graphic novel Therefore, Repent! continues here.


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The concrete shell of Detroit's cracked open to reveal loamy soil, rich with potential. But someone knows there's more profit in controlling hunger than selling food... the world was simpler before the righteous floated away into the sky, and magic started working. The all-new six-issue story spinning out of the acclaimed graphic novel Therefore, Repent! continues here.

30 review for Sword of My Mouth: A Post-Rapture Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This world is interesting, I'm not into the characters much. I read Therefore Repent! but I still felt like I had missed a bunch and had no idea what was going on. There was a fairly sweet twist at the end, and almost a moral to the story, but it was so abrupt, and I was so lost by then that it fell a bit flat for me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hans Otterson

    This is a first draft. Straight-up. How did this get published as-is? (This is a part of the Shelf Love project: shorturl.at/dCRV9) TL This is a first draft. Straight-up. How did this get published as-is? (This is a part of the Shelf Love project: shorturl.at/dCRV9) TL

  3. 4 out of 5

    M—

    Lackluster. Pass. I found the lettering disjointed and hard to read, and the typographical choice of substituting the number '9' for the letter 'g' annoyed me. So much of the effect of a graphic novel is in the artwork, and I really didn't like the stylistic choice of depicting a character in action as duplicate drawings of the character in slightly different poses in the same panel. The first time this occurred, I thought maybe the characters were twins. The second time, I thought maybe it was a Lackluster. Pass. I found the lettering disjointed and hard to read, and the typographical choice of substituting the number '9' for the letter 'g' annoyed me. So much of the effect of a graphic novel is in the artwork, and I really didn't like the stylistic choice of depicting a character in action as duplicate drawings of the character in slightly different poses in the same panel. The first time this occurred, I thought maybe the characters were twins. The second time, I thought maybe it was an effect of magic having returned to the world. After that? Arg— whatever, artist. The baby's mutation was seriously over-hyped and extremely minor when it was finally reveled. This graphic is marketed as a character-driven story, but I really didn't see that in here at all. Maybe I would have had a better handle on things if I'd read the prequel graphic, Therefore, Repent!, first, but this is also marketed as a stand-alone and I don't feel the urge now to go back and give the prequel a read. The characters were pretty black-and-white, and the only layering even attempted was in the character Andre. The behavior of the villains was totally bizarre. Why have them go through the effort of talking everyone in to their diabolical price-hiking plan only to bust out the guns and threats two pages later? And why, at the climax, do all the villains suddenly turn on each other for no reason? I didn't get the reason for the villains' alliance in the beginning, and their sudden fall-out only frustrates me. I was mildly amused by way two of the characters fooled the villains — and by extent the readers — into thinking that they were enemies of each other, but that's about it. This graphic isn't recommended. A finished electronic copy this book was provided to my by the publisher, given through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marya

    This was an early review's book, and normally I would not have put in for an eBook. I am old fashioned in my reading. However, I was intrigued enough by the description to request it, and I am glad that I did. I had thought that this was a stand a lone book, and I think that reading the first book would have helped in answering come questions about the how and the why people were the way they were. [return][return]The first part of the tale, that of Ella and her son carries itself, and the young This was an early review's book, and normally I would not have put in for an eBook. I am old fashioned in my reading. However, I was intrigued enough by the description to request it, and I am glad that I did. I had thought that this was a stand a lone book, and I think that reading the first book would have helped in answering come questions about the how and the why people were the way they were. [return][return]The first part of the tale, that of Ella and her son carries itself, and the young single mother story line gets new blood as it is set in a post-rapture world. What I found interesting were the types of folks that had been left behind. They seemed to fit the stereotype "sinners." I was not sure if the authors point was to say "if you live this lifestyle you will not get to heaven" or "see how life is still ok even though all those crazy religious folks are gone." [return][return]However once the story deviates from Ella, I think that it fumbles a bit, and some of the relationships between characters seem to suddenly flounder or be more serious. I found myself going back to see if I missed something. [return][return]However, I will be looking for the first book, and for others from this author, since I found the take on the rapture to be an interesting one, and I am now curious as to what will happen to Ella and the others.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sam Kabo Ashwell

    A character-driven post-Rapture graphic novel, set in Detroit. Cut off from the outside world by born-again gangs and armies of what look like angels, the survivors try to rebuild; but Famine is on the march. Despite the mutations, the magic, the angel armies and the intersection of a half-dozen sf/f tropes, the style of both writing and art is realistic - albeit expressively sparse. The book wears its politics on its sleeve; the good guys are squatter urban farmers, the bad guys are Christian mi A character-driven post-Rapture graphic novel, set in Detroit. Cut off from the outside world by born-again gangs and armies of what look like angels, the survivors try to rebuild; but Famine is on the march. Despite the mutations, the magic, the angel armies and the intersection of a half-dozen sf/f tropes, the style of both writing and art is realistic - albeit expressively sparse. The book wears its politics on its sleeve; the good guys are squatter urban farmers, the bad guys are Christian militias, the military and predatory big business. One of the consequences of the realism is that narrative pacing is thrown off a bit; the climax feels more like an early-second-act complication, the central confrontation feels curtailed, and the conclusion is very open. Which is fine, but it does leave you wanting a lot more. Slacktivist, on the first in the series Therefore Repent!: "Read a half-dozen panels and you'll realize that, no matter what L&J may claim, [the Left Behind:] series is not set in a post-Rapture world at all."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    A quirky post-rapture tale of life among mutants, magic that works, and urban farm co-ops. I liked the line-drawing style, but this graphic novel is drawn without panels and that may not work for some. I like the simple story with the strange details of the world as they know it after the chosen have been taken to heaven and the predictions of Revelations have come true. Life goes on in Detroit, but it kind of sucks. But people ride bikes and there's a kids' play space and a farmer's market and A quirky post-rapture tale of life among mutants, magic that works, and urban farm co-ops. I liked the line-drawing style, but this graphic novel is drawn without panels and that may not work for some. I like the simple story with the strange details of the world as they know it after the chosen have been taken to heaven and the predictions of Revelations have come true. Life goes on in Detroit, but it kind of sucks. But people ride bikes and there's a kids' play space and a farmer's market and convenience store. They also teleport, fight angels and have wolf jaws issued by the Army. I'm going to look up more by Jim Munroe in his Therefore, Repent! series, which this comic draws from.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Artguy

    The idea is interesting, certainly, which is why I happily bought it. The fact that it truthfully depicts elements of Detroit, from Eastern Market to Heidelberg Project to particular neighborhoods shows that they did their homework. However, the artwork is poor as it far too strongly relies on tracing photographs. Worse, the story line has so many unresolved issues with such an unsatisfying end that it leaves me wondering if this is just the first of a series of books (no indication of that) or The idea is interesting, certainly, which is why I happily bought it. The fact that it truthfully depicts elements of Detroit, from Eastern Market to Heidelberg Project to particular neighborhoods shows that they did their homework. However, the artwork is poor as it far too strongly relies on tracing photographs. Worse, the story line has so many unresolved issues with such an unsatisfying end that it leaves me wondering if this is just the first of a series of books (no indication of that) or if they wrote the story, realized it was too short and threw in a bunch of filler. I suspect the latter.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Allen

    Quick read.. I'm not completely sure what I think of it. Post-Rapture graphic novel with Famine and the Angels coming after the hippie farmers. It feels like the second episode in a 3? 4? part series. [edit to add: according to this site, it's a six-part series. Huh.] Possibly read "Therefore Repent" first? But really, if you haven't read Jim Munro, start with "Flyboy Action Figure Comes with Gas Mask" - which is the bomb! "Sword of My Mouth" is free, the next month (late Jan - late Feb 2016) on Quick read.. I'm not completely sure what I think of it. Post-Rapture graphic novel with Famine and the Angels coming after the hippie farmers. It feels like the second episode in a 3? 4? part series. [edit to add: according to this site, it's a six-part series. Huh.] Possibly read "Therefore Repent" first? But really, if you haven't read Jim Munro, start with "Flyboy Action Figure Comes with Gas Mask" - which is the bomb! "Sword of My Mouth" is free, the next month (late Jan - late Feb 2016) on the author's website, http://nomediakings.org/ .

  9. 4 out of 5

    George K. Ilsley

    Looked good but some of the elements needed a bit more work. The lettering, for example, often made one word look like two. Some details were wonky. With the end of fuel, how would someone be using a gas mower to cut their grass? Sometimes, details can throw me right of the story, and that happened here.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Traci

    Intrigued by the ideas, but though it was billed as a stand-alone, I feel that I should have read the first one to understand all that was going on in this one. Still, the idea of just carrying on after the Apocalypse is an interesting one. Especially with all the random mutations and magic, and of course the Angels and the Risen posing some serious threats. Also: Farmer's Markets Rule!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Marika

    Again, I need to choose my books more carefully. Didn't realize that this one also had an underlying urban agriculture agenda. Cool to read a goodlooking comic about the place where I live now. I'd probably read at least one more in this series, if it comes out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Biff Nightingale

    Doesn't really go anywhere and ends abruptly. Cool concept with poor execution.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Jones

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sam Blake

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ula

  18. 5 out of 5

    Squidmoma

  19. 5 out of 5

    Matt Piechocinski

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

  22. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

  23. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  24. 5 out of 5

    Madison Lynn

  25. 5 out of 5

    Auntbeast

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elena

  27. 4 out of 5

    Adam

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michael Maki

  29. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

  30. 5 out of 5

    linda

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