Wednesday, May 10, 2017

#ComicsWednesday: The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks & Jordie Bellaire

A city, built on a mountain pass, constantly invaded and claimed for the surrounding nations, each nation calling it something different. The people who live in the city call it the Nameless City, and the invaders who try to give it names are outsiders.

The current nation to occupy the City are the Dao. Kaidu, our hero, is a Dao boy who comes to the city to meet his father and train for the military. Kaidu is more of a dreamer than a fighter, and his father is a scatterbrained military strategist. Kaidu sneaks out of the palace and meets a headstrong girl named Rat. Rat is a girl of the City, and she runs like the wind. Kaidu and Rat become unlikely friends, and when the City they both love is endangered, they stand together to fight injustice.

I really enjoyed this book. I've been a fan of Faith Erin Hicks since I first read The Adventures of Superhero Girl. The Nameless City introduces us to a lushly imagined world, full of relatable characters and thought-provoking situations. At its heart, this is a story about friendship in the face of adversity, and it is incredibly enjoyable.

Hicks' drawings and Bellaire's coloring are seamless. The color palette and the story reminded me of the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. If you're a fan of those shows, then you will enjoy The Nameless City. The second book in the series, The Stone Heart, comes out next month. I can't wait!

-Libby, Youth Services.

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