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March 17, 2010

Ball, Peen, Hammer

Ball Peen Hammer is a graphic novel from First Second Books. It's set in a post apocalyptic world which is dark and wet and gloomy. People become infected, an oppressive regime reigns and it's a struggle to survive.

The story follows an actress and a musician as they try to reunite after one night together.

It's an interesting story, but pretty bleak, I would have liked a bit more hope rather than the suffering. The ending did not fill me with joy.

The artwork is clean and precise but also manages to convey the bleakness of the world.

Also worth mentioning is that the physical package of the book is lovely: the cover is not a hardback but glossy and solid, the edges of the pages are black making the book look very cool from end on, and all together the production quality is impressive.

First Second Books have an interesting looking selection of other titles too.

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FWIW, my review is here: http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2009/08/review-ball-peen-hammer-by-adam-rapp-george-oconnor/