Monday Madness: Thumbprint

Posted 7 October, 2013 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Monday Madness: ThumbprintJoe Hill's Thumbprint by Joe Hill
Published by IDW Publishing Pages: 126
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three-stars

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange honest review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Private Mallory Grennan had done terrible things as an Abu Ghraib prison worker. After being discharged from the army, Mal thought she was leaving her sins behind to start a new life back home. But some things can't be left behind -- some things don't want to be left behind. By Joe Hill and Jason Ciaramella, the writing team that brought you the Eisner-award nominated one-shot, The Cape, with art by Vic Malhotra. Thumbprint will turn your guts inside out.

I’m going to take this entry and review both the short story ‘Thumbprint’ by Joe Hill, which has already been published, and also provide an advanced review for the graphic novel adaptation of the same name. 

Short Story: Kindle Single

 
Delicious! Joe Hill is an amazing short story writer and a good novelist. If he keeps up this show of talent he may rival his father one day! …meaning I should be buying signed copies of his books, now.
 
This is ultimately a suspense story, but there are deeper themes at work here.
 
This is a story that resonates with me as an ex-military member. It touches on the disturbances that war can cause in our psyche and the terrible things that people are able to do in the name of patriotism or freedom. PTSD is real and terrible. 
 
 

Graphic Novel

 
I read the short story first and I LOVED it. The graphic novel is not nearly as powerful – for some reason the two share the same ISBN on Goodreads. The illustrations are underdone and it lacks the power and the pain of a soldier who has done terrible things and is suffering for them. Just like with movie adaptations I find that it’s more difficult to convey the thoughts, feelings, and insights into characters the way that a novel or a short story can. 
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