YOU BROUGHT ME THE OCEAN BY ALEX SANCHEZ(AUTHOR) AND JULIE MAROH (ILLUSTRATOR)
Genre: Graphic novel, Superheroes, YA, Queer
Publisher: DC Comics
Rating: 3.84 stars (Goodreads)
Summary: Jake Hyde doesn’t swim—not since his father drowned. Luckily, he lives in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, which is in the middle of the desert, yet he yearns for the ocean and is determined to leave his hometown for a college on the coast. But his best friend, Maria, wants nothing more than to make a home in the desert, and Jake’s mother encourages him to always play it safe.
There’s nothing “safe” about Jake’s future—not when he’s attracted to Kenny Liu, swim team captain and rebel against conformity. And certainly not when he secretly applies to Miami University. Jake’s life begins to outpace his small town’s namesake, which doesn’t make it any easier to come out to his mom, or Maria, or the world.
But Jake is full of secrets, including the strange blue markings on his skin that glow when in contact with water. What power will he find when he searches for his identity, and will he turn his back to the current or dive headfirst into the waves?
I don’t know where to start with this one. So this is the story of a boy called Jake who has the weirdest “birthmark” and his mom won’t let him show it to anyone. For some reason it is set in the world of Superman and Aquaman (they are mentioned here and there) and well it’s a DC COMICS story, but it could easily not be.
I keep thinking about this story because i don’t know how to feel about it.
It is a queer story, but not the kind where the main character discovers he is gay. In this one, he already knows and it just takes time until we do.
The art is rustic, which i totally loved, it felt different from every other graphic novel i’ve read before.
I feel like there isn’t much to say about this novel without giving everything away.
The main problem i have with the story is that it felt too rushed. Everything had to happen right now, there was no time show us everything. Like it might be because i read it in one sit, but also it was a very short story. I don’t know if DC plans on doing something with the character and if this is just an introduction to him.
Still, i feel the story deserved some more pages than it got.
I give it 3 stars, mostly because of the art, the story felt very “meh” to me.
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