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  1. says:

    “This town’s bones are loneliness”In the second volume of Jeff Lemire’s Royal City we flash back to 1993 Peter Dad doesn’t like the factory but he gets his son Patrick a job there Pat wants to be a writer but you know he needs to work “Sometimes I wish I could get on a train and go somewhere far from here Somewhere where no one knows me and I can be whoever I want” Pat’s older brother Richie cheats on his girlfriend Sister Tara may be pregnant Their younger brother Tommy has headaches that sometimes lead to hallucinations He’s the centerpiece of this volume where we also get to read pages of his handwritten journal We already know from volume one that Tommy will die so this volume basically gives you the events of the week leading up to his death “That’s when I find her And for the first time I realize that two people can be alone together”Royal City Sonic Youth is about growing up teenaged in a small town It’s one of the best things I have read this year even better than the first volume It’s bleak but it’s honest about where some people actually live and powerful The sketchy drawing the colors the inventive layouts A master at his craft Achingly beautifulSonic Youth’s “Teenage Riot” you are into Spotify Lemire makes lists for some of his work so you can listen as you read alongRead also Lemire’s Essex County work his Roughneck Sweet Tooth so much thereHere’s Lemire talking about the series I just found it and haven’t even yet read it myself


  2. says:

    With Volume 2 Sonic Youth Royal City goes from being a mediocre series into a flat out terrible one The whole thing is a pointless flashback centred around the Kurt Cobain looking kid Tommy the ghostly character every other surviving member of his family was haunted by in the first book It might’ve been good if Tommy was an interesting character but he’s not He gets headaches and he makes lists of his favourite albums fascinating The rest of the book was an eual waste of time Things we already knew about the characters from the first book are repeated again to absolutely no effect Peter’s obsession with radios Patti’s regrets about the man she didn’t marry Tara and Steve start a family prematurely Pat wants to write and Richie’s a fuckup What was gained from seeing any of that soap opera cheesefest begin when we got all that in the first book anyway? Nothing in the second book adds anything to the already weak story nor is any of it remotely entertaining It’s just the cliched teen narrative of dull school and silly relationships ending when the kids go for a party and like feelings man Utterly pathetic and unoriginal I’m completely done with this title Royal City is a royally crap comic


  3. says:

    Jeff Lemire's story of small town misery continues with a flashback to 1993 This volume chronicles the last week of Tommy Pike's life Turns out Tommy was a pretty regular teenager with regular teenage problems — girls booze music and boredom But Tommy also recently started to get bad headaches that cause weird hallucinations — that's probably not goodVolume 2 of Royal City was even better than the first one The story feels focused because it revolves around just one character but through his eyes we learn about his whole dysfunctional family Jeff Lemire also captures the feeling of being a teenager in a small town perfectly with all the emotions uncertainty and fear I had several uncomfortable flashbacks to my own youth while reading this volume and a lot of the things about it rang trueThe only thing that was a letdown was the ending The entire volume was building up towards Tommy's death so that's what I was expecting — but Lemire decided to cop out with this weird cliffhanger that made me think I was missing a couple of pages It's not the kind of story that warrants a cliffhanger at all so the way it was handled in this volume was unsatisfying I'm not going to hold that against the book because it was a brilliant read otherwise and it all won't matter when the next volume is out anyway but still — not coolWhile Lemire didn't manage to stick the landing at least he's on top of his game with the artwork I always liked his style but Royal City is on a totally different level Gorgeous watercolours imaginative layouts excellent work with architecture and landscape Royal City feels like a real lived in place with its own uniue atmosphere and history and reading this book is like going there and experiencing all of its torments first handWhen Jeff Lemire writes and draws his own comics he's an exceptional storyteller and not a lot of people in comics could rival him Royal City proves to be yet another success — it's a bleak and depressing read but it's also completely engrossing


  4. says:

    This is it A freaking MASTERPIECE of a volume I forced myself not to read through it so uick because I didn't want it to end The Pike siblings are a interesting bunch All very very different from each other And we seen them as adults Now let's go back To the time before the youngest of the group had died Tommy is a tragic character because he's so in the middle of life as a teenager Dealing with shit like fitting in being alone feeling lost and then on top of that the major headaches he gets Then when his brotherssisters problems are also presented in a really fasnating and non cliche way we get some of the best family drama ever Good Usually not a huge fan of Lemire's art but it works great here The writing is masterful filled with heart and emotional bits that will make you smile laugh and cry The dialog is nothing short of perfection really giving a sense of reality to it all The ending is both sad and intriguing Bad Nothing This is Jeff at the top of his game I will re read this a few times in my life probably While volume 1 was great volume 2 is a masterpiece Thank you Lemire 5 out of 5


  5. says:

    This second volume flashbacks our dark and conflicted characters to 1993 What makes this series stand out is its surrealism especially through artwork What makes this volume stand out is Tommy Pike’s journaling in his own handwriting to entrench the reader in his pathos


  6. says:

    Again filled with expressive art and lovely aching writing this 2nd volume continues to deepen the story of the Pike family by flashing back to the 90's during the siblings' teenage years and try to further explore what could've led to Tommy Pike's deathI really enjoyed this one but I do think that given the fact that this flashback is the prime opportunity to look deeper into Tommy's character I feel like Lemire didn't explore far enough and that Tommy isn't a very compelling character But maybe it's by design that he still remains a mystery This is still one of the best comic series out there this year


  7. says:

    If God was writing comic he would be jealous of Jeff Lemire


  8. says:

    In this second volume of Royal City we flash back to 1993 and immerse ourselves into the final week of Tommy Pike's life As one would expect there is much going on with all the individual members of this family and they ebb and flow around each other none of them aware of what's headed their way While I liked this flashback it lacked the emotional gut punch of the first installment This is the before so that is to be expected though there is plenty of ordinary drama underfoot already I continue to love Lemire's sketchy and loose artwork and look forward to see how this family drama unfolds


  9. says:

    This whole volume is set in the past the 90's specifically as we learn about the Pike family and begin to see what happened to Tommy There's a pervasive sense of loneliness and alienation throughout this book Royal City is a town of limited possibilities and some never manage to escape As usual Lemire is a master storyteller conveying meaning with a glance or a well chosen snatch of conversation We know from volume one that Tommy eventually drowns and that knowledge haunts the corners of this book in the opening scene for instance Tommy is gazing at his reflection in a puddle This is not a happy cheerful book I find myself imagining Lemire and Seth vying with each other to see who can write the ultimate stifling small town story Not many laughs to be had here for sure but it’s uite good Recommended


  10. says:

    In this second volume we get the backstory of the Pike family the focus being on Tommy the central figure the rest of the family revolves aroundVery relatable on feelings of loneliness even when you're surrounded by family


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Royal City Vol 2

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Ght in this heartbreaking and new story line A new chapter of superstar creator Jeff Lemire's critically acclaimed new series is here Collects issues 6 through 10. This whole volume is set in the past the 90's specifically as we learn about the Pike family and begin to see what happened to Tommy There's a pervasive sense of loneliness and alienation throughout this book Royal City is a town of limited possibilities and some never manage to escape As usual Lemire is a master storyteller conveying meaning with a glance or a well chosen snatch of conversation We know from volume one that Tommy eventually drowns and that knowledge haunts the corners of this book in the opening scene for instance Tommy is gazing at his reflection in a puddle This is not a happy cheerful book I find myself imagining Lemire and Seth vying with each other to see who can write the ultimate stifling small town story Not many laughs to be had here for sure but it’s uite good Recommended Men in Kilts past the 90's specifically as we learn about the Pike family and begin to see what happened to Tommy There's a The Killing Of Katie Steelstock pervasive sense of loneliness and alienation throughout this book Royal City is a town of limited Birthday possibilities and some never manage to escape As usual Lemire is a master storyteller conveying meaning with a glance or a well chosen snatch of conversation We know from volume one that Tommy eventually drowns and that knowledge haunts the corners of this book in the opening scene for instance Tommy is gazing at his reflection in a Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything puddle This is not a happy cheerful book I find myself imagining Lemire and Seth vying with each other to see who can write the ultimate stifling small town story Not many laughs to be had here for sure but it’s uite good Recommended

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Aged Pike siblings and see the last week of Tommy Pike's life unfold The mysteries of his death and all the sins that now plague the Pike family are brought to li. Again filled with expressive art and lovely aching writing this 2nd volume continues to deepen the story of the Pike family by flashing back to the 90's during the siblings' teenage years and try to further explore what could've led to Tommy Pike's deathI really enjoyed this one but I do think that given the fact that this flashback is the prime opportunity to look deeper into Tommy's character I feel like Lemire didn't explore far enough and that Tommy isn't a very compelling character But maybe it's by design that he still remains a mystery This is still one of the best comic series out there this year