Daily Archives: June 11, 2008


Local #12
“The House That Megan Built”
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist/Cover artist: Ryan Kelly
Letters: Douglas E. Sherwood
Editor: James Lucas Jones
Publisher: Oni Press
Price: $2.99 US

It’s been almost three years since this 12-part limited series got underway, and such a sporadic publishing schedule can be frustrating. I suspect that if other Local readers are like me, though, they’ll easily forgive the slow pace given the strength of the storytelling and characterization in each and every issue. The series as a whole has been primarily about Megan McKeenan’s travels all over North America, as she runs from her past and present, desperately looking for a future and for herself. Appropriately, the series ends with a homecoming. This is a fitting, perfect conclusion. The philosophy behind this ending and Megan’s story as a whole is one I agree with wholeheartedly, so Wood’s plot resonates. And Ryan Kelly’s art conveys the universal qualities of Megan’s life and the details that help to convince the reader of the reality of this fiction. It’s disappointing to see this series come to a close, but we fans can rest easy. Wood and Kelly’s new graphic novel — The New York Four from DC’s Minx imprint — is due out next month.

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