- Posted by Johanna on December 10, 2007 at 9:47 pm
- Category: Indy Comic Reviews
- PUBLISHER: Renaissance Press
Amelia Rules #18 by Jimmy Gownley is a “very special issue” dealing with the suffering of a kid whose father is serving in the war.
When I heard that, I rolled my eyes… but after actually reading it, I was crying. Gownley does a tremendous job capturing the fear and uncertainty and pain of the kids left behind to wait and wonder. It’s very powerful stuff, backed up by input from a real Army Major.
On the lighter side, this issue also captures Amelia’s first date, charming and yet uncomfortable, as real life is. The realistic dialogue is what sells the kids’ behavior as they live through a gamut of excitement and concern for their friend. The art is well-cartooned, with Gownley’s signature open panels punctuating more traditional sequences and his excellent control of pacing drawing the reader through the story at the intended pace.
There’s also a lesson plan included, as well as more information on the real-life soldier who inspired this issue. The comic can be read online for free at the title’s website. I’ve reviewed two previous collections.