In this feature, I ask comic creators that I like a lot to recommend a great comic that they'd like to see spotlighted. They pick the comic and then I write a review of the comic (of course, this runs the risk of them picking a comic that I don't like, but there's so many great comics out there to pick from that I find it hard to believe that that will ever actually happen).
I was doing this as a weekly feature earlier this year, but I didn't think it was getting enough attention, so I figured I would instead do it every day this month, make it a bit of a thing. Draw some attention to these great books being recommended!
Today's creator is John Paul Leon. Leon has done a ton of comic book work in his twenty plus years in the business (he was barely out of his teens when he did his first major comic book series, Robocop for Dark Horse Comics), perhaps most famously Static for Milestone Comics, Earth X for Marvel and The Winter Men for Vertigo. He's also done roughly a gazillion comic book covers. John Paul's choice is Rutu Modan's The Property.
The Property is a graphic novel about a young Israeli woman visiting Warsaw with her grandmother after the death of the young woman's father (her grandmother's son). The title of the story refers to a piece of real estate that their family might own, as part of reparations for Jewish families losing their property during World War II.
A friend of her family (around her father's age) follows them to Warsaw and he bugs our protagonist, who ditches him at a cafe, where she meets a tour guide...
I love how much character Modan shows in her character's expressions with so little lines.
One of the most touching aspects is the grandmother visiting "the property" and she reminisces as she travels, in a striking sequence...
There are tons of twists and turns and lies and miscommunications, but the end result is a deeply touching and important work. Much like most of Modan's works.
Thanks for the recommendation, John Paul!