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Bury the Lede was one of my most anticipated graphic novels of fall. The cover’s bold colour, intriguing title and my recent addiction to getting my daily fill of pretty graphics meant this one was a shoe-in for me to read. Technically, I was only supposed to start reading this on Monday. I’m so so glad that I caved.
The story was as intensely gripping, mysterious and as gorgeously visual as I had hoped it would be. Bury the Lede had great rep for POC and LGBTQ+ characters and the inclusion of political machinations made this feel authentic and steeped in reality. While this story was quite a lot darker and deeper than I had anticipated, for the most part this was an interesting and unusual read.
This ARC was provided by BOOM! Studios via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Reporter for the Boston Lede, Madison Jackson is young, scrappy, and hungry to prove that she deserves her coveted college internship. When her police scanner mentions a brutal murder tied to the prominent Boston Kennedys, Madison races to the crime scene. What she finds will change her life forever: Dahlia Kennedy, celebrity socialite, now widow, covered in gore and the prime suspect in the murder of her husband and child. When Dahlia refuses to talk to anyone but Madison, they begin a dangerous game of cat and mouse that leads the young journalist down a twisted path.
First off, the graphics in this book were so well done. The colours were vivid and really eye-catching. Hats off to Miquel Muerto the colourist! Besides for beautiful contrast and bold tones, the illustration boasted characters that truly were their appearance. The little details included for each person contributed to the story in a manner that isn’t always achieved in graphic novels. Their posture, accessories, head angles and facial expressions sometimes spoke more than the words and that’s exactly what I’m eager to experience more of in this genre.
The main character Maddison was a (mostly) likeable. She had grit, determination and a commitment to proving her worth that’s reminiscent of a self-confidence I can only hope for. Maddy did however, display some less enviable traits. Disloyalty, selfishness and a slight ego. But really, she’s a reporter. To some extent, getting a front-page worthy story seemed to require these traits. At least, Maddison thought so.
The murder investigation seemed to almost take a back seat at times in this story and that wasn’t what I had been expecting. The story still kept my interest though and the pages flew by! There were times when I got a little confused with the events. It took me a while to adjust to her investigation of an alternate news-worthy story. It all seemed to relate to the original murder though, so that was a nice tie-in. However, I do think this could have been explored and explained a bit more toward the end. The last few pages felt quite rushed and not as fleshed out as they could have been.
Overall, this was an interesting read and introduced me to the beautiful work of Gaby Dunn, Claire Roe and Miquel Muerto. I’m looking forward to more of their work in the future!