Review: The Nameless City

The Nameless City CoverEvery nation that invades the City gives it a new name. But before long, new invaders arrive and the City changes hands once again. The natives don’t let themselves get caught up in the unending wars. To them, their home is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders.

Kaidu is one such outsider. He’s a Dao born and bred–a member of the latest occupying nation. Rat is a native of the Nameless City. At first, she hates Kai for everything he stands for, but his love of his new home may be the one thing that can bring these two unlikely friends together. Let’s hope so, because the fate of the Nameless City rests in their hands.

The first volume of a new series of graphic novels by the talented Faith Erin Hicks, The Nameless City is a fun, easy read that feels like it’s geared more towards younger readers, though it’s still enjoyable by older ones too.

The story at its core is about tolerance, but there’s much deeper themes of fairness when it comes to political representation and leadership. But, through all of the themes and topics for the reader to debate, the graphic novel is foremost entertaining. Kaidu and Rat, though in a foreign land and city, are familiar to readers as the kids they are. The issues they face are those that we can all relate to in some way.

The story is lifted by Hicks’ art which adds to the fun feel. Hicks not only gives us a city and land that’s foreign, yet familiar, but the flow of the art works well for the story which often relies on racing and lots of movement. The flow matches the flow. Add on top of that detailed backgrounds that are impressive and yet don’t distract from the action. You’ll read a page, then return to see all of the small details present.

The graphic novel is entertaining and a solid mix of action and life lessons that’ll leave kids and adults alike entertained. The Nameless City is the first volume of what looks like a great new graphic novel series and by the time I came to its end, I wanted to see what’s next.

Story: Faith Erin Hicks Art: Faith Erin Hicks Color: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

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