Ball Peen Hammer

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Macmillan, Sep 29, 2009 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 144 pages
The world is dying. After most of the city succumbed to the plague, Welton's staying inside -- permanently. But hiding in his claustrophobic basement room -- the only place he knows is safe -- exacts a gruesome price, and he becomes part of a collective that's killing children. Infected with the plague himself, with no way to find the woman he loves, Welton takes refuge in apathy -- until someone knocks on his door. Ball Peen Hammer gives us a window into life in a half-deserted apartment building in a time of raw love, sacrifice, fear, and death.

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User Review  - JWarren42 - LibraryThing

Heartbreaking in that way only Adam Rapp can be. O'Connor's artwork is breathtaking; his lines almost become vicious. The only reason I give this 4 instead of 5 stars is that the ending drifts off ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarahfine - LibraryThing

Feels very "mid-story," like I missed a previous installment. Dark as pitch, and at times, oddly pointless (no reason is given for the shadowy presence that demands the lives of children.) The ending feels like a "to be continued." Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Adam Rapp is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He has written several young adult novels, including Punkzilla, The Buffalo Tree, and 33 Snowfish, and the adult novel, The Year of Endless Sorrows. His plays include Nocturne, the Pulitzer Prize finalist Red Light Winter, and The Metal Children. In 2005 he directed his first film, Winter Passing, starring Ed Harris, Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell.  George O’Connor is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. His graphic novel work includes Journey Into Mohawk Country, in which he illustrated the journal of the seventeenth-century Dutch trader Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, and his Olympians series, which retells the classic Greek myths in comics form. He has also published several children’s picture books, including the New York Times best-selling Kapow, Sally and the Some-Thing, and Uncle Bigfoot. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

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