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Victor Lavalle's Destroyer
Victor Lavalle's Destroyer | Victor LaValle
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The legacy of Frankenstein's monster collides with the sociopolitical tensions of the present-day United States. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein beseeched his creator for love and companionship, but in 2017, the monster has long discarded any notions of peace or inclusion. He has become the Destroyer, his only goal to eliminate the scourge of humanity from the planet. In this goal, he initially finds a willing partner in Dr. Baker, a descendant of the Frankenstein family who has lost her teenage son after an encounter with the police. While two scientists, Percy and Byron, initially believe they're brought to protect Dr. Baker from the monster, they soon realize they may have to protect the world from the monster and Dr. Baker's wrath. Written by lauded novelist Victor LaValle (The Devil In Silver, The Ballad of Black Tom), Destroyer is a harrowing tale exploring the legacies of love, loss, and vengeance placed firmly in the tense atmosphere and current events of the modern-day United States.
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vivastory
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Lunch & book

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Aimeesue LaValle's great! 3mo
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vivastory @Aimeesue You speak the truth! 3mo
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vivastory @readordierachel You should have joined me 😄 3mo
readordierachel I wish I had! 3mo
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Angitron
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Loved this graphic novel! I thought the play on Frankenstein‘s Monster was very clever. How do we define the monstrous? How have Black bodies been defined as monstrous and what has the impact of that social delusion been? The book presents those heavy ideas, but it‘s also just a good story!

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DorkieHollieReads
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I am about half way through Destroyer Vol. 1, and it is sooo fascinating!! This is part of the #panelathon and I am so excited to take part!! What are some of your favorite graphic novels?

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amma-keep-reading
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Such a unique and modern spin on the Frankenstein legacy!

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hissingpotatoes
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Mehso-so

3/5⭐ The social commentary aspects were very well done, especially against the backdrop of the Frankenstein themes. At times it seemed a little rushed and to gloss over things--I expected more nuance for the original monster, but that never materialized. I loved Josephine and her brilliance. #projectnew #TIABchallenge

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dastevensishagain
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Imagine my delight when I went searching Scribd to see if they had any more of Victor LaValle's books available, and I found he'd written a comic. Who knew?!! Yeah, probably everyone but me. All of the issues were available, so yay! Dr. Baker is a brilliant scientist and a modern-day descendent of Victor Frankenstein. It's a story about racism and a mother's grief. And it's really good.

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TracyReadsBooks
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LaValle‘s retelling of Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein is harrowing & horrifying, a powerful exploration of love & loss, revenge, sacrifice, & the depths to which these emotions can drive people in their darkest moments. In this story, a descendent of the Frankenstein family, Dr. Baker, loses her son in a police shooting & does the only thing she can think of & you can guess where that leads. Definitely a Frankenstein for today. A very good read.

Cinfhen Sounds interesting 13mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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There is so much awesomeness in today‘s book mail—LaValle, Yang, Wells, Kowal, Hutchinson and Carey! We have a three day weekend coming up and I know what I‘ll be doing! ❤️📚☕️📚❤️

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BellaBookNook
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Getting ready for Free Comic Book Day with an early purchase on my Kindle. Heard about this series on #bookriot and it sounded good and looks like there are some people of color in it so you know I need to have it!! I am going to look for it in print tomorrow at our local comic book stores. #comics #freecomicbookday

EvieBee I heard about this one on Book Riot too! Keep us posted! 2y
BellaBookNook @EvieBee Hey girlfriend! How have you been? I have to catch up on your posts so I can see what you‘re reading. I don‘t know why I listen and read Book Riots‘ stuff because I already have so many books I haven‘t read on my shelf. ☺️ 2y
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BeckyLeJ
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Ninko seems to have claimed my new comic as her own. Hope she enjoyed it while I was working 😺

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