Read 13/11/2016

Rating: 4 stars

I love Tom Gauld’s cartoons when they appear in The Guardian, so I was excited when his graphic novel Mooncop came out.

It’s a salutary tale about brave new horizons, failed experiments, the death of community, and hope for the future.

Across its 94 pages, we follow the last police officer on the moon. He has a 100% crime solution rate. There aren’t many people left on this lunar outpost of the earth, though, so no crime happens.

Gauld’s illustrations are beautiful in their simplicity and the sparse dialogue punctuates moments of reflection captured in views of the moon’s surface, starscapes and views of the earth.

It’s a melancholy tale with a wry humour and closes with a glimmer of hope for the future. As a distraction from everything going on here on earth right now, it was a touching read.

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