Recent Reads: The Nameless City, Culture and Imperialism, and Paper Girls

The Nameless City  written by Faith Erin Hicks and coloured by Jordie Bellaire.  

Hicks wrote a comic that left me with quite a few questions before, her Friends With Boys. That comic gave me a small taste of what she was capable of, howeer, it did not leave me wanting more of her, this one however, has me hooked and the story is only on its first volume.

The story takes place in a city known by many names. Every person has a different name for it, as every time it is conquered (and that happens a lot) the name is changed. But there have been 30 years of a so called “peace”, even if the citizens of the city themselves are not at peace. The current rulers are a group called Dao, and they keep a distance form the people born on the city. Kaidu is Dao, and Rat is a native, together they string a friendship that will hopefully lead to better relations between their people, or more damage might come to the long-standing city. Intrigued yet? You should, because this delivers more in such a small volume than recent novels have done in hundreds of pages.

I was unaware that this was going to be a series, assuming it would be a one-volume graphic novel, yet I am so intrigued by the prospect of such a city that I cannot wait to read the remaining of the series, which is yet to be released. The whole mythos behind the Nameless City gives me H.P. Lovecraft vibes, which could only spurred me to want to know more. The book is a whole metaphor on minorities and colonies, and what certain conquerors can do to further alienate the people they rule, rebellion is never far behind. Quite a good story to analyze.

I recommend that even if her previous works have not been appealing, this could be the one that draws you in. Plus, it has Jodie Bellaire doing the colours, which is bound to be great. 

★★★★

Culture And Imperialism by Edward W. Said.

I first heard about this collection of essays via Philosophy Tube’s video, in which he praised it as being quite good when compared to another piece of work he read. It is basically a book that focuses on how imperialism and colonialism affected and was presented in the writing of British authors, mainly in the 18th,19th, and 20th centuries; all the while showing how such events shaped, mostly, British and French literature.

No one today is purely one thing. Labels … are not more than starting-points, which if followed into actual experience for only a moment are quickly left behind. Imperialism consolidated the mixture of cultures and identities on a global scale. But its worst and most paradoxical gift was to allow people to believe that they were only, mainly, exclusively, white, or Black, or Western, or Oriental.

The main take of the book comes from what has been said by many historians and political scientists, the present is still being affected by the effects imperialism had on the world. Although Said focuses on the cultural aspect, a bit of what he refers to (and quite a lot of philosophers agree on) molds the view of economic and political effects of colonization/imperialism.  This is a book I would love to write a full review on. 

“They weren’t like us and for that reason deserved to be ruled.”

★★★★

 Paper Girls Vol. 2 written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of much of the first volume of the series, as it did not provide me with interesting enough characters that I am accustomed with Vaughan, as well as the use of certain words, but these six issues have given me a big desire to continue picking them out issue by issue.

The series follows four paper girls who are suddenly thrust into the future, and at the same time must face aliens, the Apple logo, and the worry that they might not survive this, while learning about who they will become, or what will happen to them in the coming years. My main issue with the story? I still have no clear and concise idea of what the hell is going on! I am all for confusing stories, but the ones I usually read throw me enough bones for me to catch on what is going on, which keeps me interested. This series just gets more and more confusing, and ends on a cliffhanger with no technical resolution. If you like complete stories that won’t give you things to create your own theories, this is not the book for you. I am quite frustrated with it.

The art keeps being great, as Chiang continues to draw incredible scenes, as well as those fantastic covers. 

★★★★

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