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30 review for Gone Case: The Graphic Novel Complete Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrés Quesada

    There's something about the tone of this graphic novel that really stands out. Of course, the story and characters are well rounded and endearing, and the illustrations are amazing, but there's an additional element, more abstract, that makes the work feel alive. Probably it has to do with the fact that not everything that happens in the story serves a single dramatic purpose, not everything shown advances the plot, and that seems very much like real life. Which is not me making a case for the w There's something about the tone of this graphic novel that really stands out. Of course, the story and characters are well rounded and endearing, and the illustrations are amazing, but there's an additional element, more abstract, that makes the work feel alive. Probably it has to do with the fact that not everything that happens in the story serves a single dramatic purpose, not everything shown advances the plot, and that seems very much like real life. Which is not me making a case for the work's "realism". Of course that is also there, in the way the characters speak, in the cultural cues from 1990s Singapore... But what I mean is something else; a sensibility of where the gaze is set: on tiny conversations with no evident purpose, on a bicycle covered in stuffed animals, on a particular toy gun, a couple of angel wings. No wonder this is a cult novel in Singapore.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joey

    The illustrations are so intricate and beautiful! I was especially touched at the little details, most likely because they resonated with my Singaporean self so much. My favourite panel was *spoiler alert* the Taoist funeral scene. The life-like illustrations really popped out and my eyes couldn't leave the small details and I found myself in awe of the similarities to an actual wake I'm familiar with. I bought this book with the hopes of discovering a new favourite local pick, since it promises The illustrations are so intricate and beautiful! I was especially touched at the little details, most likely because they resonated with my Singaporean self so much. My favourite panel was *spoiler alert* the Taoist funeral scene. The life-like illustrations really popped out and my eyes couldn't leave the small details and I found myself in awe of the similarities to an actual wake I'm familiar with. I bought this book with the hopes of discovering a new favourite local pick, since it promises the story of a 12-year-old Yong, dealing with "the dreaded PSLE exams while his family undergoes an upheaval. His friendship with his childhood friend Liang also undergoes strain as the exams approach." I thought it would be a potentially fitting read for the majority of my students who are in this age group, but the plot tended towards an earlier generation, maybe slightly before me, of kids who grew up in the 90s Singapore. A single decade can bring about so many changes to the lifestyle, challenges and the differences in the childhood of a Singaporean kid. From my limited experience the children these days face very different challenges to that of Yong, but not to say which group actually has "easier" problems to deal with. One shortcoming of the book may be that these feel like (or, are?) stories cobbled together in one "complete edition" - I was lost at times by the sudden jump to a parallel or seemingly unrelated plot line. Perhaps some indication that time has passed (3 days later, later in the day...), or chapters could help understanding? Then again I'm no expert at graphic novels and it may just be my novel-reading brain too used to the need for structure or chapter breaks. A Singaporean classic IMO, because it captures our life so realistically. :")

  3. 4 out of 5

    R.

    4.5 stars*

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alex Foo

    Reading this, I'm reminded of Erwin Panofsky's observation about how early Netherlandish art was at once telescopic and microscopic. This graphic novel is a Singaporean classic. Reading this, I'm reminded of Erwin Panofsky's observation about how early Netherlandish art was at once telescopic and microscopic. This graphic novel is a Singaporean classic.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    Liked the art and the singlish more than the story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Qi Jian

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

  8. 4 out of 5

    Francis

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gabriela Solano

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tejaswini

  11. 5 out of 5

    James Goh

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kenny

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rishi Kinger

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pearline Ho

  15. 5 out of 5

    Clin Lai

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cécile

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jingxuan

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eldes

  19. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

  20. 4 out of 5

    Isabelle

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mireille

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kip Kantelo

  23. 5 out of 5

    Liubko

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shrey A

  25. 5 out of 5

    Clara Chua

  26. 4 out of 5

    Winnie Lim

  27. 4 out of 5

    Annabel

  28. 4 out of 5

    YJ

  29. 5 out of 5

    Judith

  30. 4 out of 5

    Holly

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