Friday, June 5

Graphic Novel Review: Old Souls by Brian McDonald

Old Souls
Author: Brian McDonald
Illustrator: Les McClaine 
Title: Old Souls
Genre: Comic, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal
Pages: Hardcover
Published: June 25th 2019 
Where I Got It: Borrowed from a friend

Summary: Chris Olsen has a good life. He has a regular job, a wife and daughter who love him, and a promising future. By any measure this is a good life, but it isn’t his first.

When a troubling encounter with a homeless man triggers something inside Chris, memories of his past lives bubble to the surface. A lost Chinese boy, a wailing grandmother, and a love so powerful it never left his soul—all compete for his attention.

Chris sinks deep into the seedy and seductive world of “grave robbers,” vagrants known for their ability to relive their former lives. But can he find closure to a tragic episode in his past without losing himself in the process?

Review: My friend highly recommended this for me so she let me borrow her copy. It is right up my alley and I reallllllly must read more graphic novels!

The story follows Chris who has a pretty good middle-class life. He has a job he likes, a wife, a daughter, and a promising future ahead of him. When a troubling encounter with a homeless man triggers some memories to start haunting him, everything changes. He realizes that this wasn't his only life. He's had many lives before. He finds himself becoming addicted to learning about these hundreds and hundreds of past lives. However...could he lose everything in this life for his addiction? 

I 100% believe in reincarnation. Too many stories and facts and my own personal experiences have made me a true believer. This really did a wonderful job showing that learning about your own past lives CAN help you. is a dangerous road. Like anything, you can become addicted and start wasting your life away. Poor Chris. It was an important journey for himself, BUT sighs...he starts falling apart. It was sad to see him fall apart and start losing everything he worked so hard for. 

This made me tear up at one point. Poor Chris. 

The ending made me happy. I won't spoil it for you, but it made me smile. 

I felt for the homeless man too especially when we get to learn more about him and his pasts. Such a sweet old man. I feel for him. 

This was SOOO good. I finished it one sitting. I was so engrossed! I could not put it down. 

I loved the art. I loved how it was in black and white! It all fits the story and narrative very well. 

Overall, if you even remotely like graphic novels, I highly recommend this one. It had a good plot and characters you get attached to. I'll stamp this with 5 stars. 


Blodeuedd said...

I believe it too, it's such a better thought than anythign else

vvb32 reads said...

Sounds like a good one.

Melliane said...

Oh that's great for this one

Carole Rae said...

B, agreed!

vvb32, it was!

Melliane, yess I'm happy I liked it so much.