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Slow Storm #2020

Slow Storm A firefighter in rural Kentucky Ursa searches for her place in life struggling to meet her own expectations When a tornado hits her town the ensuing chaos brings her world into sharp focus somehow

  • Title: Slow Storm
  • Author: Danica Novgorodoff
  • ISBN: 9781596432505
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
  • Slow Storm By Danica Novgorodoff, A firefighter in rural Kentucky, Ursa searches for her place in life, struggling to meet her own expectations When a tornado hits her town, the ensuing chaos brings her world into sharp focus, somehow making everything clearer, and Ursa finds that she just can t stomach the way her life is going It is then that she meets Rafi, an illegal immigrant whose life isn t goinA firefighter in rural Kentucky, Ursa searches for her place in life, struggling to meet her own expectations When a tornado hits her town, the ensuing chaos brings her world into sharp focus, somehow making everything clearer, and Ursa finds that she just can t stomach the way her life is going It is then that she meets Rafi, an illegal immigrant whose life isn t going the way he d pictured it either Their encounter is the catalyst for Ursa and Rafi, who take different roads to the realization that wanting your life to change isn t enough to make it happen Slow Storm stands apart as a graphic novel with its literary heart and charged, atmospheric watercolor and ink artwork The storm builds around the characters and inside them, and moments of violence and tenderness suddenly crack like lightning With Slow Storm, Danica Novgorodoff takes her place as a talent to be reckoned with in the literary world.

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    1. We follow our female firefighter in this story She is fighting a fire at the beginning She is bad ass A barn burns An immigrant is living in the barn and now needs a place to stay I m not really sure what the book was trying to say Is it about immigration Is it about a firefighter I felt confused by the book most of the way through The whole time storms are raging all around and tornados are touching down in this Kentucky setting Is the storm a metaphor for immigration I have no clue.The waterco [...]

    2. Danica Novgorodoff has created something that was worth picking up but maybe not worth picking up instead of something else Slow Storm is a pretty even blend of good and bad elements and this elemental counterpoint so strongly governs the book that it may not be worth speaking about the short work in any other terms.The art Novgorodoff employs is a strange sort of bugbear in that it represents both the best and the worst the book has to offer To Slow Storm s benefit, the painted colours set both [...]

    3. Review fromBadelyngeAlthough Danica Novgorodoff s Slow Storm is a good 170 pages in length the sparsity of the written narrative makes this book a short one sitting read It s sort of a character piece about a Mexican illegal immigrant, Rafi, and Ursa, a somewhat unloved female firefighter who spends most of her working hours fighting a sometimes vindictive sibling rivalry with her brother and fending off the unwanted advances of another of her workmates Their brief connection occurs at a time of [...]

    4. This one was a little confusing at parts I m not sure how I feel about it The story is about a firewoman and a Mexican man she helps out Ursa gets no respect from her coworkers for being a woman Even her brother who works at the same station tries to show her up by taking jobs from her that he s not qualified for You see some sexual harassment going on and that kind of disappointed me to see Sometimes I feel like I must live in a bubble because I get easily shocked that stuff like this goes on i [...]

    5. Full disclosure a lot of what I liked about this book is its setting It s set in the Louisville, Kentucky area, my hometown The main part of the story takes place the day after the Kentucky Derby There are tornadoes, something I closely associate with this area I enjoyed seeing references to I 71 and the Ohio valley landscape with car and train bridges that I could see in ten minutes if I left work right now to go to the waterfront All that makes this book nostalgic to me, and I presume colors m [...]

    6. Beautiful watercolors, and loose ink artwork, which is a strategy that works better for setting and mood than character and plot The story, one of an encounter, in Crestwood, Kentucky, between local Ursa and an immigrant from Chiapas, has its moments, including the title tornado, but the story is sometimes confusing to me Neither main character has anything good going on in their lives, and the storm is a kind of metaphor for that and a catalyst for needed change The effect of swirling movement [...]

    7. The BasicsUrsa is a female firefighter who doesn t have the respect of her fellow firefighters, including her brother Rafi is an illegal immigrant who gets blamed for a crime Ursa committed in a fit of rage With their paths crossing, their lives will be forever changed.My ThoughtsEven my summary up there sounded gooey and pretentious, which just couldn t be helped, because this book bleeds pretension It wants to say something important It wants to resonate so badly A book should never feel as if [...]

    8. This is a beautiful book I received a free copy of this at the MSU Comics Forum and was instantly impressed with the artwork The plot features both a tornado and fire and Novgorodoff captures the rawness of both within each panel I wish the narrative could match the art I really wanted depth to the verbal story and felt the verbal did not do justice to the visual The plot concerns an out of place firefighter and a Mexican groom who is working illegally at a Kentucky horse farm, whose paths cros [...]

    9. Ially didn t like this book The artwork just doesn t appeal to me at all and almost made me nauseous in a King of the Hill way I felt no connection to the story either I think I was intended to sympathize with Ursa over her struggle with body image and her interaction with her brother, but I was simply horrified at her methods of overcoming them As a firefighter s significant other, I was appalled the bond between fellow firefighters is incredibly strong they don t shut each other in burning bar [...]

    10. Actually, this wasn t bad It deserves than two stars There are moments I had to go back to and think, Oh man, this was beautiful symbolism The pacing isn t bad either And the main character, Ursa, is relate able.I just really can t get behind the art It s not my cup of tea at all, and sometimes it s bad enough bad I mean, in a sense that I don t enjoy the artwork at all, not that it s ugly Like I said, it s not my cup of tea at all makes it hard for me to focus on the story.I m sorry o

    11. Danica Novgordoff s art is really the show stopper in this graphic novel, although I liked the understated humanity she brings out in the story as well All the coloring of the panels is done through watercolors, which brings a lot of expressiveness and emotion into the work that really suits the subject matter in addition to being very beautiful Many of her individual panels could easily be paintings that I d love to put on my wall There are also a lot of poetic touches in the writing that reall [...]

    12. I know I know I keep promising to stop reviewing 01 and RB books, but THIS IS AMAZING DANICA IS AMAZING This is her first book and holy moly It s so stunning in story, literary layers, and art In sales meetings they kept saying this was the great american graphic novel and for once I think those sales people are telling the truth FIND IT READ IT NOW I promise you will thank me for it.

    13. I am so conflicted with this book I liked it, but at the same time I didn t I really don t think it deserves less than 3 stars but at the same time I don t know if it deserves 3 stars The Story was choppy at times and weird I didn t enjoy the first half all that much but the second half redeemed the book for me One thing is for sure, the art is absolutely beautiful.

    14. Beautiful watercolors, a really talented artist Lovely palatte A really simple story with spare dialogue that says a lot.

    15. Danica Novgorodoff had already established her comics pedigree before her first full length work was published In 2006, she won the Isotope Award for her creative efforts in mini comics, and the following year she was nominated for an Eisner Expectations were thus high for her debut graphic novel, Slow Storm, which was released at the beginning of September of this year To a small degree, Novgorodoff lived up to these expectations by delivering a book which features some very arresting imagery a [...]

    16. Absolutely gorgeous art I wanted emotional development in the principal characters I wanted overall story development Maybe that s a good thing The art, though gorgeous.

    17. Danica Novgorodoff, Slow Storm First Second, 2008 There s a particular kind of graphic novel popping up and these days that s kind of like the on the page version of mumblecore or, for those of you old enough to remember it, eighties fiction It s intensively interested in character study, much to the detriment of plot Not much goes on, if anything at all, and the characters do the particular setting equivalent of the wannabe socialites sitting around a coffee table full of coke in Annie Hall I [...]

    18. There are two primary characters in this graphic novel, the first is a female firefighter first responder Ursa Crain and the second is an undocumented young man Rafi from Mexico The setting is Oldham County, Kentucky and during a very violent storm a flash of lightning strikes a barn containing horses and sets it on fire.Rafi lives in the barn and cares for the horses, so he runs in and releases them from their stalls During this act of heroism Rafi hits his head and knocked unconscious Ursa is [...]

    19. In this graphic novel, Danica Novgorodoff crafts a darkly haunting story illustrated with lush watercolor and ink illustrations As a tornado spirals at the edges of their Kentucky town, the lives of a troubled firefighter and an illegal Mexican immigrant intersect Well paced panels vary in size and oscillate from foreboding, stormy grays to flaring oranges to serene, eerie blues While the story seems simple at first, subtle scenes, background characters and frequent silent panels develop enough [...]

    20. This graphic novel probably would have been two stars except for the fact that it takes place in Oldham County, Kentucky, my hometown So it was nice to see the town of Crestwood and the North Oldham Fire Department featured The plot seemed very simple and if you read the description of the book, you get the entire story Rafi, one of the main characters, is an undocumented worker from Mexico, His journey across the border is guided by coyotes, whom the author depicts as men with coyote heads The [...]

    21. Wow So many mixed feelings about this book The artwork, especially the landscapes with the tornado wall clouds, is impressive I didn t like her portraits of the characters as much They seemed as sketchy as their back stories WHY do Ursa and Grim seem to hate each other Why do they choose to work together Why did Ursa go to college and not Grim What s up with their mother WHy does their boss allow the kind of sexual harrassment that Ursa suffers Rafi s past is better spelled out for us a complete [...]

    22. I haven t read a ton of graphic novels Mainly I have read Neil Gaiman s stuff and that s about it When I saw this on Vine it looked interesting and I decided to give it a try.The artistic style of the graphics wasn t my favorite It s fairly stylized and looks like it was done in watercolor This style may appeal to a number of people but I thought it was a little too washed out looking.The story itself involves a woman who is a firefighter and her encounters with a Mexican immigrant during a colo [...]

    23. A sprawling southern dreamland of tornados, lightening, horses, saints, and loneliness Gorgeous watercolour drawings perfectly illustrate the fluid images of landscape, weather, and emotions Ursa, the protagonist, doesn t quite fit into her community even though she dresses and acts out a common life Proportioned like a man than a young woman, she lives her life as a bachelor living alone, eating canned food, keeping dogs in her yard, and developing a career as a firefighter The story that foll [...]

    24. Slow burning story of an undocumented immigrant in the Kentucky, in a storm, trying to survive I love the watercolors and the explosiveness of every interaction But Slow Storm had the same issue as I ve been running into with a lot of graphic novels It s too short for me just as with Sumo by Thien Pham, the art and story appeal to me, but it s over before it starts I suspect this may just be a reality of a genre that combines several art forms The process of creating a graphic novel probably mak [...]

    25. Novgorodoff is really on her game with this one Slow Storm is a story about two characters Ursa and Rafi and a chance meeting The plot structure of this story is irregular, instead relating the characters, their pasts, and their beliefs in a way that suggests the importance of their meeting The artwork of this novel is particularly notable, and Novgorodoff s style really contributes to a growing sense of anxiety that is represented by the storm itself I think that this would be an important and [...]

    26. The water colors are remarkable I d really like to see books colored this way The colors shift slowly or suddenly in a way that you certainly don t see in digitally colored work The colors also accentuate the tooth of the paper in a way I don t remember seeing in other books The story could be told just by the tonal shifts in color I wish the writing behind the story and characters had the same depth and nuance as the colors While I found myself caught up in the emotions of any one moment, I st [...]

    27. Not for everyone, due to a few of its political positions, but this is a powerful story about a young man from Mexico who has crossed the border illegally to seek his fortune, and has found a job he loves, but no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow When a storm starts a fire at the horse farm where he works, he finds himself on the run from the authorities and from himself, and in the hands of a local firefighter.It bothered me a little that the border patrol guys were portrayed in an insultin [...]

    28. The art in this was great, as the cover would suggest a tough, burly lonely fire fighting girl and a homesick unlucky illegal immigrant and their notions of home and disaster and comfort Not a ton happened, not even a big tornado or anything it s kind of what I was hoping for but it was good especially Even when in Kentucky, I miss Kentucky and the immigrants being guided and protected by Saint Christopher Oh he was a good looking, hard partying giant of a man There was a brief, incorrect assert [...]

    29. There is literally almost nothing to say about this book It s a void It s an absence of event, character or plot The best way I could describe it would be to say it is the opposite of the word imbued It has nothing to say and says nothing The title Slow Storm suggests that what the author was reaching for was an atmospheric tension that builds up to a crescendo Which would be cool if anything happens If you were introduced to characters To call this two dimensional would be to give it too much c [...]

    30. Each page is a stunning work of art It s obvious that a lot of work was put into making each and every frame of the story because everything was just breath taking This is the first time that I ve read a comic book painted in watercolor and I must say, I m very much impressed with the artwork Unfortunately, the story within the artwork was not to my liking I found it hard to relate to and just something I was not really interested in If I was just going to rate this book based on the artwork, I [...]

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