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BOOK REVIEW: Celeste by I.N.J. Culbard

REVIEW SUMMARY: An enjoyable story overall that suffers from some execution issues.


BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Three people confront their own lives when the rest of the world’s population disappears.

PROS: An interesting premise; deals with meaningful themes; engrossing story lines; sympathy evoked for two of the characters’ journeys…
CONS: …while the third character seems to experience a less meaningful and surreal nightmare; the artistic style, while not bad, doesn’t grab me.
BOTTOM LINE: An interesting story and personally thought-provoking story.

I.N.J. Culbard deals with meaningful themes in his first original graphic novel Celeste. Specifically, the story deals with loneliness and the meaning we place on our own lives. These themes are explored through three separate story lines following a group of troubled souls: a woman named Lilly who has albinism and prefers to be alone; an FBI agent named Ray who’s wrapped up in his job, and a suicidal Asian man who goes unnamed. Each of them has to deal with the unbelievable fact that just about the rest of humanity has disappeared in the blink of an eye. How they deal with the situation given this new perspective is the meat of the story.
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