ASTERIOS POLYP, the title character of this graphic novel, is a famed architect, author, and professor, but when we first meet him at the beginning of the book he's living alone in a small apartment that catches on fire by a strike of lightning. In a series of flashbacks scattered throughout the book until the past meets the present-a present that finds Asterios working as a mechanic in a small town called Apogee-we learn about Asterios's early life, how he became so successful, how he met his wife, his struggles, and why he and his wife separated. Asterios is having a mid-life crisis and he needs to find peace not only with the man he was, but the man he has become.
Though a work of fiction, ASTERIOS POLYP is a real-world based graphic novel. Other than a few instances here and there (are they simply chance or is a higher power at work), the book resembles the life of a person living in our world. Many of the things that Asterios experiences are things that many middle-aged American men can probably relate to.
With that said, I didn't find anything extraordinary in ASTERIOS POLYP. There some interesting word games that go one with the names of the characters and places, but beyond that Asterios isn't a character I was able to relate to very well because he is so aloof and out of touch for much of the novel. I was pretty much apathetic about Asterios's plight for much of the novel. Overall, though ASTERIOS POLYP isn't a terrible graphic novel, it's not very compelling either.
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