Monday, August 25, 2008


Author:  Dean Koontz
Genre:  Graphic Novel
Published:  2008
Personal Rating:  2.75/5
Yearly Count:  113

In Odd We Trust is the prequel to the Odd Thomas series.  It starts right before the first book, with Odd being nineteen and a fry cook at a local diner in Pico Mundo, California.  Odd already has the ability to literally see dead people at the opening of the book and he is sought out by a murdered young boy to prevent any further murders in their home town.

If I had read this as my first graphic novel, I would have not liked the genre as much as I do.  While I did not think all the plots in the Odd Thomas series were great, I loved Odd in all of them.  In this book, Odd was just okay.  Some of the verbiage was right on, but some of it was not, making Odd . . . well, odd.

The reasons for the occasional awkwardness, I'm assuming, is from Koontz's collaborative writing with the illustrator, Queenie Chan.  Another reason for my disappointment is that the depth was missing.  I have now read many graphic novels where depth has been accomplished in spades.  I know it can be done.  So, this graphic novel resides below just okay, because I know Koontz is capable of much more - especially with Odd.  He's proved it over and over.


  1. You know I've not read any of the Odd Thomas books although I like Koontz. I still have to find a good first graphic novel to read. I've never even read one. lol.

  2. Interesting. I didn't even know this existed. Thanks for the review! I may have to check it out just for fun!


  3. Dar ~ As for Odd, supposedly there are going to be 6 in the series. So when, and/or if, you decide to read about Odd, you won't be overwhelmed with too many.

    You must try a graphic novel. :) I've read maybe 7 now and can speak highly about all of them, except one.

    Lezlie ~ It came out in July, I think. It's worth a read to experience the transition of Odd into a graphic novel, but I expected more. Expectations can ruin a read. Blah! I've got to learn to keep them under control. :)

  4. I read the first few pages of this graphic novel and decided it wasn't for me. Guess you felt the same way, eh?

  5. Hi Joy, I nominated you for an award. You don't have to do anything if you don't want to. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your comments.

  6. Les ~ Unfortunately, I did experience disappointment. I almost went with 2.5. Yikes! But, the parts where Odd was familiar were enjoyable.

    Dar ~ Thank you, thank you, thank you! :) You are so kind, Dar. I have posted about the award.


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