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The Resource Dalston monsterzz, Dilraj Mann

Dalston monsterzz, Dilraj Mann

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Dalston monsterzz
Title
Dalston monsterzz
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Dilraj Mann
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Everyone remembers the day the monsters emerged. From deep within the earth, these huge creatures ran riot across Dalston, spreading terror. Then some kid rode one. Gangs formed, territorial battles ensued... and now two friends must fight for their lives as they discover the true depths of Dalston's darkest secret
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Review
  • Grades 9-12 Set in futuristic East London, Mann’s graphic-novel debut is a feast for the eyes. The psychedelic, bright, full-color illustrations, featuring bizarrely shaped creatures and characters in a wide variety of skin tones and body shapes, are as captivating as the story itself, which is a thrill from start to finish. Monsters have overtaken the city, and businessmen have begun to disappear. Roshan, the protagonist of the series, has just been released after being imprisoned for stealing a bottle of water. He discovers that life has moved on without him, including his best friend Raj, who is now dating the effortlessly cool Lolly. Raj finds himself captured, and Lolly requests the help of Roshan to get him back, using her pet monster as transportation. Together, they embark through the streets of London, fighting various street gangs to the source of the city’s corruption. While the plot’s slightly predictable, the combination of Mann’s artistry and intriguing premise make it almost impossible to not finish in one sitting. Readers will likely be begging for a sequel. -- McMahon, Fiona (Reviewed 1/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 9, p60)
  • Giant monsters and corrupt businessmen terrorize the East London district of Dalston. Roshan feels left out when pink-haired cool girl Lolly becomes involved with his best friend, Hay. But when Hay is captured, it's up to Roshan and Lolly to rescue him. As the unlikely duo search for Hay, they learn more about the origin of Dalston's monsters and their connection to greedy developers—one of whom is Lolly's stepfather. The action is fast-paced and the violence more slapstick than gruesome. Mann's vivid, candy-colored panels masterfully illustrate this disorienting alternate reality. The character designs are reminiscent of Hayao Miyazaki's, with faces morphing from adorable to grotesque from panel to panel. Some of the dialogue includes regional slang and syntax, which may be off-putting to those outside of the UK, but familiar emotional beats and action sequences will help provide context to orient these readers. VERDICT A beautiful, thrilling graphic novel, likely to appeal to "Scott Pilgrim" enthusiasts or to fans of films such as Attack the Block and Cloverfield.—Ann Foster, Saskatoon Public Library, Sask. --Ann Foster (Reviewed 03/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 3, p131)
  • There aren’t many books that look or feel quite like Mann’s electrifying, candy-colored romp through an alternate version of East London. The city is overrun by huge beasts, as a heroine named Lolly bounds atop buildings riding a monster of her own. In a nice twist on the prince-saves-princess template, Lolly’s on a desperate quest to rescue her boyfriend, Kay, from certain doom, and she’s chased by gangs with fantastic names like the Crying Fives, the Tin Sisters, and the Supper Horses. Mann’s smooth, fluid brushwork depicts a vibrating subculture, merging realistic and imagined details and filling scenes with activity without cluttering up the page. His distinct style emphasizes the curves and colors of bodies in motion, and he handles quiet, conversational moments with as much aplomb as action sequences. But it’s in the later narrative where Mann falters. While his characters, in the beginning, feel like real people with real problems, toward the end they start to behave inexplicably, their choices simply in service of the straying plot. Though his style delights, the rushed finale limits Mann’s ability to explore the rich world he was building, as well as the people that populate it. (Mar.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 01/15/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 03, p)
  • In gang-ridden, monster-infested multicultural Dalston, unlikely allies Roshan and Lolly must fight the most sinister force of all: the property developers gentrifying East London. After six months behind bars, all British-Indian Roshan wants to do is stay out of trouble—until his best friend, Kay, is kidnapped by a gang working for businessman Conrad Vess. Kay is dating Vess' stepdaughter, Lolly, a pink-haired white girl and self-described "bad bitch" who rides a monster named Neana. Neana is one of a series of monsters that appeared in the holes dug by developers gentrifying the neighborhood of Dalston—developers like Vess. Although there is no love lost between Roshan and Lolly, they form an uneasy friendship as they search for Kay and, in the process, uncover the neighborhood's most sinister secrets. Peopled with stylized, even grotesque character renderings, Mann's vibrant panels perfectly capture the tensions fueling the class battle simmering beneath the narrative. He adeptly centers the story on moments in the lives of characters of color, writing Roshan's father's dialogue in the Punjabi alphabet and including an oracle who wears hijab. The tropes, however, feel trite, such as an opening subplot in which businessmen feed humans to monsters for sport. In the end, the familiarity of the plot elements undercuts the tension created by the brilliant illustrations and complex, well-voiced characters. The novel ends with a promise of a sequel that has the potential to be a more gripping read than this debut. (Graphic horror. 14-adult) (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2018)
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10625234
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AU@
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Mann, Dilraj
Dewey number
741.5973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
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True
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  • Survival
  • Monsters
  • Friendship
  • Gangs
  • London (England)
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Dalston monsterzz, Dilraj Mann
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volume
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1913790
Dimensions
31 cm
Extent
76 pages
Isbn
9781910620359
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781910620359
  • (OCoLC)1019862417
Label
Dalston monsterzz, Dilraj Mann
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1913790
Dimensions
31 cm
Extent
76 pages
Isbn
9781910620359
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781910620359
  • (OCoLC)1019862417

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