The Cloven is likely to be the Seattle-iest book you’ll read all year. The new coming-of-age graphic novel follows a part-goat, part-boy named James “Tuck” Tucker, who was created in a secret laboratory on Vashon Island and escapes from captivity into Seattle’s homeless community.
Author Garth Stein is known for projects from an intriguing point of view. His 2008 novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, is told from the perspective of a dog, and hung out on the New York Times bestseller list for three years. It remains to be seen if the writer’s newest project, The Cloven – a graphic novel with artist Matthew Southworth, a fellow Seattle resident – will reach such lofty heights, but the conceit behind the story is certainly fascinating.
The Cloven: Book One has a great first line, a great first page, and a great first opening sequence…and this work just evolves from there, keeping the level of graphic sequential storytelling quality high throughout…Put simply, you should pre-order The Cloven: Book One today, before it ends up on all of the best comics of the year lists come December.