Empire State A Love Story (or not)
When does a graphic novel beat out a video game that's as anticipated at Marvel vs Capcom 3? Maybe this time? Empire State is an impressive hard cover mini epic that's unlike many of the Shiga books in the past. Not filled with brain teasing math, or Choose Your Own Adventure page turning fun, this is a straight story about a guy named Jimmy who works at a library and has a Jewish female friend, Sara. There are some rewind flash back scenes that explain what's going on, but overall, this is a conventional work, that does have a love story element. Will there be that sappy ending, will it be open ended? Drawn cleanly with great color work, by our friend John Pham, this is a fun story that captures a bit of the Shiga mind (what do some of those vocab words mean, anyway?) and a lot of his heart.