Info: Top Shelf Productions, copyright 2007, 112 pages
A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): An orphan looks for a friend and finds a family.
Xeric Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire (Lost Dogs) illustrates the tale of Lester, an orphaned 10-year-old who goes to live on his Uncle's farm. Their relationship grows increasingly strained and Lester befriends the town's gas station owner, and damaged former hockey star Jimmy Lebeuf. The two escape into a private fantasy world of super-heroes, alien invaders and good old-fashioned pond Hockey. Tales from the Farm is the first volume in a trilogy of graphic novels set in a fictionalized version of Lemire's hometown of Essex County, Ontario.
I decided to take a break from super heroes and high gloss images and found Tales From the Farm on someone's must-read list. What a pleasant, beautiful story. Lester has been orphaned by this mother, and his uncle has brought him into his home to care for him. But they're not connecting well...at all. It's a story about fantasy, imagination, but most of all, it's about forgiveness, family, and second chances. Both Lester and his uncle have the chance to start over.
The artwork is deceptively simple. Each frame seems quickly sketched, but the story is is completely flushed out, showing action and emotion in exciting ways. My only complaint was the test. Sometimes it was difficult to read the story which was frustrating.
All in all, an excellent choice. I can't wait to see what other stories come out of Essex County.
Up next: Y: The Last Man, Vol.1: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, and Jose Marzan Jr.