Michigan: On the Trail of a War Bride
by Julien Frey & Lucas Varela
I read this comic thanks to NetGalley. Greatly appreciated!
This is a quick review of this historical fiction graphic novel. It was published on May 16, 2018 (last month!) and it definitely deserves a look.
This comic starts off with a French couple who are visiting the wife’s family in the United States. As they get ready to leave, Odette’s story comes into play as a war bride: women who marry men during active service. The trip to the United States intertwines with Odette’s story in a beautiful way.
I found the art to be rather enjoyable. As a reader, I had an easy time discerning the characters and the background, and they were well drawn. Sometimes with comics, the style can be very messy and they meld together.
The characters were also well animated. They did a great job on showing the relationships with minimum amount of space:
I think I saw some complaints about the characters, but I felt like this comic was more focused on the experience of Odette’s journey rather than totally on the growth of any one person.
TLDR: If you enjoy a good historical fiction with good art, I would definitely suggest adding this to your collection.