Friday, June 13, 2008

In the Small

In the Small by Michael Hague
When a mysterious cataclysmic event, "the blue flash," causes the population of the earth to shrink in size to six inches tall, suddenly humanity has the tables turned on itself: The very civilization it has created becomes its greatest obstacle to survival. Animals and the environment, which have long suffered under the rule and/or destruction of humans, are now some of their most feared enemies. Amid the confusion and turmoil, two strong teenagers, 18-year-old Mouse and his younger sister Beat, emerge as the most promising leaders, eventually setting out on a quest to discover the secret that could redeem this strange new world.


Beth Gallego/LA Public Library, North Hollywood said...

...Lush artwork, action, and suspense draw readers past the sometimes-clunky narration and dialogue, and a cliff-hanger ending suggests a possible sequel. Recommend this one to graphic novel fans looking for something different from classic superheroes and manga.

Kirkus said...

Vibrant art is incongruously juxtaposed against a poorly executed story line...this graphic novel quickly loses its stride with histrionic dialogue...the oddly formed plot takes too many liberties and fails its reader by setting haphazard boundaries in the creation of its world. Speeding along with a sci-fi-tinged man-vs.-nature theme, the text veers way off-course in the conclusion with an abrupt introduction of supernatural elements. This extremely anomalous ending offers only the vaguest of hints toward further explanation, possibly in a sequel, and will leave readers scratching their heads, if not thoroughly disgusted.