[Review] Doomboy – Tony Sandoval


Author: Tony Sandoval

Publication Date: September 21st, 2011

Publisher: Paquet

Number of Pages: 144

Genre: Graphic Novels

Source: Netgalley

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


There was no summary on Goodreads so this has been taken from ComicVine.

A lonely, metal-obsessed teen sends a heartfelt song to his missing beloved, only to find out that his music has traveled to the beyond, and re-broadcast to the entire city. Only his best friend knows that he is really the mysterious rock god and anonymous legend known as “Doomboy.” An evocative, melancholy coming-of-age story.


Really short review here.

I don’t read very many graphic novels but I feel like it’s something that I should fix.

Doomboy was a bittersweet graphic novel. The art was a little confusing at times (I still don’t understand why some of these people had holes in their stomaches) but overall, I really enjoyed it. It feels rough and angry and some parts were beautiful. It fit really well with the mood that I think the author wanted to portray.

This page was probably my favorite in the whole book. It mixes two art styles really well.

Doomboy Page 84

The beginning was really confusing. I didn’t know anybody’s name and each panel felt disconnected from the next. But soon, everything smoothed out and it got a lot easier to understand.

Some parts felt entirely unnecessary and oftentimes, there were characters introduced but dropped. I didn’t get why some of them were in the story in the first place. Maybe to help address some important themes?

By the end, the message is clear and D/Doomboy has become a more complex character that feels more real. What begins as a dark, bitter story ends as a peaceful one. Beautiful art and themes combined made this book a truly enjoyable one.

3.5/5 Stars


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