Comments for Over The Wall
Over The Wall: 11/22/14
Over The Wall by Peter Wartman is a nearly wordless graphic novel about a girl going in search of her brother in the monster infested ruins of an ancient city.
The city, protected both by a wall and magic, serves as a reminder of dark times. It's also a place where children are initiated into adulthood. They are sent on a quest over the wall. If they return, they are welcomed as adults. If they don't, then the city swallows them up as a sacrifice.
The girl, years away presumably from her initiation decides to go after her brother. She knows he will probably not remember her. She also knows that if she lingers, she will lose her own memory.
Her unexpected trip over the wall reveals the dark history of the city and the reasons behind mankind's expulsion from it. The brother and sister also manage to find an unlikely ally.
It's quick but memorable read, relying primarily on the strength of its illustrations to carry the story. The artwork is nearly monochrome, bold splotches of color and thick lines.