by Joel Orff
Joel Orff’s new graphic novel Thunderhead Underground Falls tells the story of Jack, a young army reservist who has one weekend left before shipping out for combat in the Middle East. He and a friend find themselves behind the wheel of his parent’s car, driving farther and farther west into a snowy landscape. The book is an impressionistic exploration of Jack’s flight from his future, as well as an exploration of this place that he’s pledged his life to fight for. Jack and his friends want to experience the simple freedom of taking a drive, of seeing familiar things before his outlook is changed forever by the violence that he knows he will soon face. As the hours go by, Jack begins to consider desertion, but he knows that if he stays to hold onto the life that he knows, it will still be changed forever.
“Rather than offer the reader a cookie cutter depiction of characters, Orff requires the reader to navigate uncharted terrain, gather bread crumbs, and shed his own light on even the darkest frames.”–Bookslut
“I never want to tell the reader what to think. I want them to be able to decide for themselves what the significance of various elements of the story are and what the characters are thinking, while at the same time sharing an emotional experience with those characters.”
— Joel Orff
Joel Orff’s first book Strum and Drang: Great Moments in Rock ‘n’ Roll was nominated for the 2004 YALSA Paperbacks for Young Adults Booklist.
128 page black and white paperback with color covers
Alternative Comics, 2007
Digital ISBN: 978-1-934460-19-1
Diamond Code: MAR073088
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One of the top 10 graphic novels of 2008 – Booklist