I just finished the comic book Re-Gifters written by Mike Carey and illustrated by Marc Hempel, Sonny Liew.
Here’s the plot:
Meet Jen Dik Seong — or “Dixie” as she’s known to her friends. Korean American, dirt poor, and living on the ragged edge of LA’s Koreatown, Dixie’s only outlet is the ancient martial art of hapkido. In fact, she’s on the verge of winning a championship — until she falls for fellow California surfer boy Adam and gets thrown spectacularly off her game. As she struggles to win the tournament — not to mention Adam’s affections — Dixie learns that in love and in gift-giving, what goes around comes around.
And here’s what I thought:
I really enjoyed it. It didn’t even occur to me until the end that a guy had written it. I could feel her anguish as she tries to tell a guy that she likes him. And when he can’t tell/doesn’t care… wow. I felt that. I didn’t give it five stars because, as some others mentioned, to plot felt obvious and forced in some places. Still, I loved Dixie and Avril. The artwork was wonderful. All the little touches made such a difference. It was a really good read and I was sad to see it end. I could really go for some more with some of the characters.