Book Review: After the Rain
“After the Rain” is a graphic novel adaptation of @nnediokorafor short story “On the Road”. The drama takes place in a small Nigerian town during a violent and unexpected storm. A Nigerian-American woman named Chioma answers a knock at her door and is horrified to see a boy with a severe head wound standing at her doorstep. He reaches for her, and his touch burns like fire. Something is very wrong. Haunted and hunted, Chioma must embrace her heritage in order to survive. @johnjenningsart and David Brame’s graphic novel collaboration uses bold art and colors to powerfully tell this tale of identity and destiny.
Wow, what a great story! It’s like a tale of Nigerian spiritualism from Chinua Achebe run through a filter of Cliver Barker with a dash of Evil Dead thrown in. I can’t say too much without spoilers, but this was such a creepy and engrossing read for me. It’s rife with imagination and moments of straight up horror.
I loved the emphasis on Nigerian spirits and folklore. I also appreciated its attempt to explore Chioma’s double consciousness through a lens of magical identity. And the art is so cool in a fantastical sort of way. It does inventive and amazing work with the pages and panels like I’ve never seen before in a comic, every border bleeding into another and overlaid with smaller images to reflect the conflict and Chioma’s emotional state. It’s hard to explain, you just need to see it for yourself!
My only complaint is that the ending left me without a clear understanding of what all had taken place. That and the copy on netgalley is pretty fuzzy and hard to read at times. I truly wish I had a physical full-color copy of this beauty.
Thanks to @netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The book comes out Jan 5, 2021 and you best believe I will be reminding you!
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
If you want to learn more about the people involved then check them out online: Nnedi Okorafor (http://nnedi.com/, and https://twitter.com/Nnedi), John Ira Jennings (https://twitter.com/JIJennings), and the imprint of ABRAMS Books, ABRAMS ComicsArts (https://twitter.com/AbramsComicArts).