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Jones, James Lucas, and Jill Beaton, Eds. Hopeless Savages: Greatest Hits, Volume.

4Q*4P*M*J*S*(G) Jones, James Lucas, and Jill Beaton, Eds. Hopeless Savages: Greatest Hits, Volume 1. Oni, 2010. 360p. $19.99 Trade pb. 978-1934964-48-4. Glossary. Illus.

Move over Ozzy Osbourne and family. Another family group, the Hopeless Savages, is about to take center stage--at least for tweens and teens who are fans of graphic novels. Dirk Hopeless and his wife, Nikki Savage, both ex-punk rockers, have (somewhat) transitioned from the grit and glamour of the music world into the more sedate, traditional world of suburbanites. However, lest anyone think that these two have "sold out" to the establishment, it will soon become evident to readers that Dirk and Nikki, along with their kids Rat, Arsenal, Twitch, and Zero, have retained much of the values, habits, and personality traits that are typical of punk-rock culture. Because of this, family members continually find themselves in somewhat perilous situations as they try to navigate a traditional world that is not tolerant of their differences.

The characters are richly developed; the plots in each chapter are engaging and fast moving, and the stylized black-and-white illustrations will keep readers engaged and begging for more. For readers who may not be ready for more complex, darker fare, or are just starting to explore the format, this collection of stories can serve as an appealing entree into the world of graphic novels.--Donna Miller.

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Author:Miller, Donna
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Young adult review
Date:Jun 1, 2011
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