Neufeld, Josh A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge
Pantheon see Random 2009 193p 16.95
978-0-375-71488-7 hs/adult Hurricane Katrina, 2005 VG-BN
Intertwined stories of seven groups of people who survived Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Different colored panels delineate between the threads of the stories, and the intermingling of these stories of heroism and loss present a authentic view. While adult in nature, these seven stories of survival and loss during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, will appeal to high school students as well. Their raw emotion truly portrays the lives of these people, who were really not prepared for the devastation brought on by one of the most ferocious storms in US history. The sparse, almost monochromatic, drawings evoke the personal stories in ways that full color illustrations could not, and the inspired use of a different color scheme for each of the intertwined stories makes each one stand out.
A masterpiece of what the cover calls “comics reporting.” Useful prologue and afterword, as well as the cast of main characters is included. This volume will make a useful addition to current events collections, as well as an insightful look into an alternative form of journalism. Graphic novel Naismith, Pat