Parents' Guide to

The Nameless City

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Teens fight to save city in action-packed graphic novel.

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age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Fast-paced and fun with lots to talk about.

As well as a great artist and storyteller Hick excels as a worldbulder, creating a setting that is deep and nuanced in its depiction of interacting cultures. There's a lot to talk about here, as much as the story focuses breathlessly on action there's an emphasis on conflicting attitudes and narratives, the relation between the conquerors and the conquered is explored carefully here, with very little that is black and white. For all this though, the story stays fun and breezy. Not much violence, and despite having their own angst to work through both protagonists are fairly positive, sensible kids that are hard not to like. The Nameless City should inevitably appeal to fans of Amulet and The Last Airbender, but I think it stands as an exciting new story in its own right.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 10+

Looking Forward to the Sequel

If you enjoy classic martial arts fights and the unique art style of Faith Erin Hicks, 'The Nameless City' is worth checking out. It's reminiscent of 'Avatar:The Last Airbender' in many ways (except for the fact that the characters don't have any supernatural powers). There is little blood content, but there is a moderate amount of violence including punching and kicking. Strong female characters, and intriguing story. Looking forward to the sequel. For older kids aged 10 and up.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

Bursting with kinetic energy, this adventure follows two very different characters as they race through the streets and across the rooftops of an ancient metropolis. Kai and Rat perfectly complement each other: he dreamy and tentative in his actions, she uncompromising in her beliefs and ready to tackle any challenge. Author-illustrator Faith Erin Hicks puts them through their paces with vivid action, expressive drawing, and punchy dialogue.

This volume offers a bit of resolution, but there's clearly a lot more to this tale than its creator is ready to reveal. Readers will want the next installment as soon as possible.

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