Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana and Mississippi with its strength and our government’s lackluster response is well documented. Instead of focusing on these staggering events, Neufeld brings to life, in graphic format, five stories from real folks in New Orleans that survived the storm and its aftermath. From Denise, who tells a very different tale of the NO Convention Center than the media to Abbas and Darnell who stayed behind to protect Abbas’ grocery store; each story tells a unique perspective on the storm of the century. The stories focus on the humanity and resiliency of a people who love the city they call home.
This was a somber read that builds the tension as the stories unfold. We all know the havoc Katrina wreaked in New Orleans but we may not have paid attention to the individual stories. The panels are colored minimally, usually with one or two colors with each day being portrayed by a different color. This minimal style lends to the emotional impact of the events unfolding and the characters will stick with you long after you’ve turned the last page. 2009, 193 pages