by Rutu Modan
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In the graphic novel Exit Wounds, Israeli taxi driver Koby Franco finds himself on a reluctant quest to discover the fate of his estranged father after being contacted by a young female soldier who believes the elder Franco has died in a suicide bombing. Nothing is quite as it seems in this offbeat romantic comedy from Rutu Modan, one of the best artists to emerge from the vibrant Tel Aviv cartooning scene of the past decade. The story of her first booklength work moves along at a brisk clip, urged on by a series of small but jolting revelations, starting with Koby’s discovery that Numi, the awkward woman who sought him out, is his father’s girlfriend.
Modan’s art is a pleasure, her deadweight yet idiosyncratic line work dividing up fields of saturated, mottled color. In addition to the texture it gives the
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