Whether you call it a comic book or a graphic novel, the cartoon medium has always been ideal for depicting alien landscapes that might otherwise seem unimaginable. In her latest illustrated work, artist and author Rutu Modan takes readers to particularly unimaginable terrain: the combustible streets of modern-day Israel.
In Exit Wounds, Modan (a frequent contributor to the New York Times and the New Yorker, and a former editor of the Israeli edition of MAD magazine) tells the story of Koby, a taxi driver from Tel Aviv who has been estranged from his father for two years when Numi, a female soldier, brings him word that his father may have died in a recent Palestinian attack. As the two travel Israel in search of the truth about Koby’s father and forge a relationship of their own, each step of their journey is, in some way, a commentary on a society where threats of border war and suicide bombings are omnipresent. Beneath an invitingly simple cartoon style is a tale of endurance and perpetual tragedy.
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