Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu

  • Exquisite Corpse (5:5 First Second)Title:  Exquisite Corpse
  • Author:  Pénélope Bagieu
  • Genre:  Graphic Novel
  • Published:  May 5, 2015 – First Second
  • Source:  Publisher

Synopsis:  Zoe isn’t exactly the intellectual type, which is why she doesn’t recognize world-famous author Thomas Rocher when she stumbles into his apartment … and into his life.

Zoe doesn’t know Balzac from Batman but she’s going to have to wise up fast … because Rocher has a terrible secret and now Zoe is sitting on the literary scandal of the century. 

My take:  I’ve read a handful of graphic novels so my opinion is based on what I enjoyed about Exquisite Corpse and not how it may or may not compare to other graphic novels.

First off, I loved Pénélope Bagieu’s illustrations. Check out the cover.  Zoe’s wide-eyed innocent look, author Tom’s scruffy sleep-deprived look and editor Agathe’s sleek uptown look were captured perfectly. I liked how various scenes were colored differently to show a change in scene (or chapter?). Like I said, I don’t have a lot of experience reading graphic novels so maybe that’s how they all are. It worked for me.

I won’t spoil by revealing the ‘literary scandal of the century’. I thought the plot was a bit predictable but the illustrations made up for that. Even so, I had to laugh as the story played out. The characters in the book are all adults so readers shouldn’t be shocked by a few adult scenes/dialogue. They fit in with the general tone of the novel.

So, did I like it? Because of my thoughts in the paragraph above, a qualified yes. Will I read more graphic novels? Maybe – when I’m looking for something a little different. Recommended to fans of graphic novels.

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