by Dean Motter

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I have only lately become interested in comic books and especially graphic novels.  On the other hand, I have been an avid reader of science fiction novels since elementary school.  This interest brought me to read The Compleat Terminal City, written by Dean Motter and illustrated by Michael Lark.  A unique, humorous look at what the 1990's would be like based on what people of the 1930s predicted (a concept known as retrofuturism), this graphic novel examines life in Terminal City.  My favorite parts of the book are the vast amount of puns and the attention to background details in the panels.  Characters include partners Micasa and Sucasa, Oliver DiMappe, and a swarm of other residents of the city.  News reels still exist, zeppelins are a mode of transportation, the robots are always on the fritz, and overall, since the Brave New World's Fair, Terminal City has been a dying city.  Cosmo Quinn--also known as the Human Fly because of his former occupation climbing the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and other famous buildings--is one of the main characters.  Through his eyes as well as a few others, we see two stories of crime and adventure.  This book is a great read for anyone who likes science fiction, noir, or dystopian worlds.  

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