Full disclosure: I was provided with a free ebook copy of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review. Thanks again, Steinbronn + Co!
Growing Up In The New World Order by Tom Hoover, Illustrated by Michael Lee
I had never heard of this comic or the author, Tom Hoover, before. When I started reading, I quickly realized that this was something that I would label as a conspiracy theory. I am very skeptical, so I had a hard time buying in. However, I tried to keep an open mind.
The introductory letter from the author was quite preachy, but it definitely set the stage for the graphic novel well! I didn’t agree with everything that was said, but this sentence certainly hit the mark; “Seeking truth should be applauded, not mocked. Just because the truth is unpleasant and odd doesn’t make it a falsehood.”
The layout of the graphic novel was very different from what I usually read. In this book, there was a main block in the middle of the page where the illustrations were. Above that block, were the few lines of text that guided the story. There was also a faded background that covered the entire page that had patterns and illustrations, like a woman’s silhouette, dollar signs, skulls, and what looks like fast food.
I really enjoyed the artwork! It was simple, but each panel captured the mood of that specific point of the story perfectly through use of color. The panels about the media made me chuckle out loud.
Beware, the negatives:
One of my issues with this novel, like I said above, was that I just couldn’t get behind the messaging. I do believe in subliminal messaging to a point, and I think it’s so interesting to learn more about it. However, I have a very hard time believing that people are so easily brainwashed, simply because I have always been one to surround myself with smart people that are skeptical and really take their time to do the research if necessary.
I also struggled because I just didn’t feel a connection to the main character at all. When we first “met” him, he was a two year-old child that somehow knew how to see subliminal messaging. It was far fetched, but I rolled with it. As the kid grew up, he started working to publish things with his own subliminal messaging, in hopes that it would change the world. Of course this isn’t a character driven graphic novel, but I wish I had felt a least a tiny connection to the main character.
My final thoughts:
Sure, the story was very over the top, but it makes a good point nonetheless. Again, I do NOT agree with everything that was said or alluded to. But it does really makes you wonder, especially looking at the United States as it is right now…
I would recommend giving this a read, but I personally would not re-read it.