Pope, Paul (2008) Heavy Liquid. New York: Vertigo.
Opening lines: "Parade outside. I've got nothing to celebrate."
S has stolen a bunch of a new drug called heavy liquid from the dealers who he acts as a courier for. Now they are hunting him. S is looking for a chance to go into hiding. So when a fantastically wealthy art collector wants to hire him to find a missing sculptor, S agrees, even though the missing artist is his ex.
The art in this graphic novel is strong. Although it is mostly black and white with spot color, the gritty shadowy style which is typical of Pope is interesting to look at (though it may be a bit inaccessible for new graphic novel readers.
This book is pretty much a noir action story which will grab edgy graphic novel aficionados. . There isn’t a whole lot going on here thematically, but some high school readers will like the story and the art. There is some vulgar language, drug use, and smoking in this story (though no nudity or sex). Non-graphic novel readers and those younger than high school might have trouble following the story.