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Incredible Doom



written and illustrated by
Matthew Bogart

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCo
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9780063064942
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Child Abuse , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
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Incredible Doom is a compulsively readable YA graphic novel about unlikely alliances, daring escapes, stage magic, young love, and minor crime sprees all squeezed over dial-up modem connections in the early days of the internet.

It’s the dawn of a new age…the age of the internet.

Allison is drowning under the weight of her manipulative stage magician father. When he brings home the family’s first computer, she escapes into a thrilling new world where she meets Samir, a like-minded new online friend who has just agreed to run away from home with her.

After moving to a new town and leaving all of his friends behind, Richard receives a mysterious note in his locker with instructions on how to connect to “Evol BBS,” a dial-in bulletin board system, and meets a fierce punk named Tina who comes into his life and shakes his entire world view loose.

Unlikely alliances, first love, and minor crime sprees abound in this teen graphic novel debut about making connections while your world is falling apart.Two-color illustrations. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Child Abuse , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2021

Book Genres

Graphic Novels

Topics

Internet. Dysfunctional families. Runaway teenagers. Abusive parents. Bullying. Friendship. The 1990s. Family problems. Coming of age. High schools. Romance. Computers and technology.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–This achingly poignant 1990s-set graphic novel pays homage to the internet’s role as correspondence tool, library, and liberator. Allison’s abusive, controlling father allows her to do little else but take part in his magic show; eventually she takes shelter at an online pen pal’s house. Meanwhile, in a separate but loosely linked narrative, Richard is bullied at his new school until he meets a volatile protector from an online bulletin board called “Evol BBS”. Dot matrix printers, Nintendo Power cheats, cassette players, and dial-up noises are depicted in all their nostalgic glory. The bulletin board systems of old are lovingly rendered, complete with chunky text and ASCII art. Bogart’s clean linework relies on dot eyes and near-monochrome blue and black coloring. Flashbacks are rendered in pale lines and expertly flesh out Allison’s and Richard’s inner lives for dramatic effect. This is a story of older teens reaching out for connection and finding joy despite messy misunderstandings and the awkwardness of adolescence. Anyone who remembers the internet’s heyday or enjoys using online forums now will immediately ­recognize the reassuring kinship made possible through a screen. As Allison says, “It’s like coming up for air, discovering some people out there don’t suck.” The cast appears to be mostly white; Allison’s friend Sam is biracial. Richard’s friend Tina is queer. Language and violence make this book ideal for older teens, though adults will likely devour it, too. VERDICT Readers will root for these characters who are desperately attempting to forge much-needed bonds in this retro-tech drama that gets so much of the Nineties right that it hurts.–Thomas Maluck, Richland Lib., SC

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–This achingly poignant 1990s-set graphic novel pays homage to the internet’s role as correspondence tool, library, and liberator. Allison’s abusive, controlling father allows her to do little else but take part in his magic show; eventually she takes shelter at an online pen pal’s house. Meanwhile, in a separate but loosely linked narrative, Richard is bullied at his new school until he meets a volatile protector from an online bulletin board called “Evol BBS”. Dot matrix printers, Nintendo Power cheats, cassette players, and dial-up noises are depicted in all their nostalgic glory. The bulletin board systems of old are lovingly rendered, complete with chunky text and ASCII art. Bogart’s clean linework relies on dot eyes and near-monochrome blue and black coloring. Flashbacks are rendered in pale lines and expertly flesh out Allison’s and Richard’s inner lives for dramatic effect. This is a story of older teens reaching out for connection and finding joy despite messy misunderstandings and the awkwardness of adolescence. Anyone who remembers the internet’s heyday or enjoys using online forums now will immediately ­recognize the reassuring kinship made possible through a screen. As Allison says, “It’s like coming up for air, discovering some people out there don’t suck.” The cast appears to be mostly white; Allison’s friend Sam is biracial. Richard’s friend Tina is queer. Language and violence make this book ideal for older teens, though adults will likely devour it, too. VERDICT Readers will root for these characters who are desperately attempting to forge much-needed bonds in this retro-tech drama that gets so much of the Nineties right that it hurts.–Thomas Maluck, Richland Lib., SC

Grades 9 & Up
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