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Sticks and Stones: 06/18/15

Sticks and Stones by Peter Kuper is about the rise and fall of powerful empires and the dangers of power.

Sticks and Stones by Peter Kuper is a wordless graphic novel about a war between the stone people and the stick people. It is about the rise and fall of powerful empires and the dangers of power.

It begins with a volcano and a stone giant who in turn finds or creates a stone village. They built a castle for the stone giant and he becomes their ruler. Things reach an uneasy quietude until a new village of people are discovered — this time stick people.

War it seems is inevitable. Maybe it is the birth from the volcano thing. Maybe it's the imbalance of power between the armored stones and the hunter gatherer sticks.

In the end though, it's not the conquering empire that is the great equalizer. It is nature herself who giveth and taketh away. With death and destruction comes renewal. Whether or not it also brings redemption for the survivors, is left to the reader's imagination and interpretation.

Three stars

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