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Royal City /

by Lemire, Jeff [author,]; Wands, Steve [letterer.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: [Portland, OR] : Image Comics, Inc., [2017-2018]Description: 3 volumes (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.ISBN: 9781534302624; 153430262X.Subject(s): Families -- Comic books, strips, etc | Ghosts -- Comic books, strips, etc | Canada -- Comic books, strips, etc | COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror | COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary | Fantasy comics | Graphic novels | Comic books, strips, etc | Fantasy comics | Graphic novels | Comics (Graphic works) -- Canada
Contents:
Volume. 1. Next of kin -- Volume. 2. Sonic Youth -- Volume 3. We all float on.
Summary: "Royal City charts the lives, loves, and losses of a troubled family and a vanishing town across three decades. Patrick Pike, a fading literary star who reluctantly returns to the once-thriving factory town where he grew up, is quickly drawn back into the dramas of his two adult siblings, his overbearing mother, and he brow-beaten father, all of whom are still haunted by different versions of his youngest brother, Tommy, who drowned decades ago."--Back cover of Volume 1.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

In his most ambitious and most personalproject to date, JEFF LEMIRE spins the captivating and engaging story of afamily from the small factory town of ROYAL CITY and the ghosts that haunt them. <br> <br> In a return to the literary andthematic territory of Lemire's breakthrough graphic novel ESSEX COUNTY,ROYAL CITY follows Patrick Pike, a fading literary star who reluctantly returnsto the once-thriving factory town where he grew up. Patrick is quickly drawnback into the dramas of his two adult siblings, his overbearing Mother and hisbrow beaten Father, all of whom are still haunted by different versions of hisyoungest brother, Tommy, who drowned decadesago. <br> <br> As each member of the familystruggles to keep themselves above water, it quickly becomes clear thatTommy's death isn't the only dark secret tearing the town, and thisfamily, apart at the seams. Can each member of the Pike family come to termswith their own guilt over Tommy's death, and make peace with the manyversions of Tommy that still haunt them, or will they all be dragged down belowthe river along with his lingeringghost? <br> <br> ROYAL CITY promises to be asprawling, serialized graphic novel that will chart the lives, loves and lossesof a troubled family and a vanishing town, across three decades. <br> <br> Jeff Lemire is the creator ofDESCENDER (with DUSTIN NGUYEN), AD: AFTER DEATH (with SCOTT SNYDER), ROUGHNECK,SECRET PATH (with Gord Downie), PLUTONA (with EMI LENNOX), ESSEX COUNTY, SWEETTOOTH, TRILLIUM, and THE UNDERWATER WELDER. He had also written celebratedstories featuring Green Arrow, Animal Man, Bloodshot, Wolverine, Hawkeye, TeenTitans, the Valiant, the X-Men and Inhumans for the major comic bookpublishers. <br> <br> Collecting issues 1through 5. <br> <br>

Rated M / Mature.

"Royal City charts the lives, loves, and losses of a troubled family and a vanishing town across three decades. Patrick Pike, a fading literary star who reluctantly returns to the once-thriving factory town where he grew up, is quickly drawn back into the dramas of his two adult siblings, his overbearing mother, and he brow-beaten father, all of whom are still haunted by different versions of his youngest brother, Tommy, who drowned decades ago."--Back cover of Volume 1.

Volume. 1. Next of kin -- Volume. 2. Sonic Youth -- Volume 3. We all float on.

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Library Journal Review

This latest work from writer/artist Lemire (Essex County; Roughneck) is an engrossing human drama that tells the story of the Pike family in the titular city whose decline mirrors their own. Following the massive stroke of patriarch Peter, the clan attempts to come together after their paths diverged for more than two decades. Lemire ties the urban decay of the setting with the personal degeneration of each family member, weaving a tapestry of hard decisions and heartbreak. Yet despite their difficult times, they look to youngest son, Tommy, for hope, and it is through Tommy's different roles and what is desired of him by others that the author roots the moral heart of this series. Lemire's art style is uniquely original and evocative, granting an eerie elegance to the gripping plotline. It is impossible not to feel something genuine about the trials and tribulations of the Pikes and Royal City. Verdict A worthy selection for those interested in literary graphic fiction.-Alger C. Newberry III, Genesee Dist. Lib., Flint, MI © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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