The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro (author)
Maricia Inoue (illustrator) and Andres Mossa (illustrator)
Book Description: Twenty-one year old Jeremiah Jacobson is the world’s best hockey player, but he wasn’t prepared for the frenzy and scrutiny that came with that title. Tom Leonard is an average college sophomore… just a guy trying to find his place in the world as he sorts through issues that are both very real and seemingly insurmountable. Through a chance meeting, these two strike up an unlikely friendship. Their bond is tested when Tom discovers that his idol isn’t as perfect up close as he seems from afar. With Jeremiah living a little too much in the moment and with his past catching up to him, will Tom be able to help him before it’s too late? “The Hockey Saint” is the sequel to the critically acclaimed and award winning graphic novel, “The Stereotypical Freaks” and is Volume 2 in the “Forever Friends” Trilogy
**Mr. Shapiro gave us a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.
My Review: Let me start by saying that I had never read a graphic novel before and I had no idea what to expect. I had to read up on what a graphic novel even was. I wrongly assumed that they were comic books. I’m not even sure it’s still politically correct to call comic books comic books. There are strong opinions on both sides of that battle from what I’ve read.
Here is what I actually learned about graphic novels from reading The Hockey Saint:
1. Graphic novels are still novels.
2. Graphic novels have amazing art work.
I really enjoyed The Hockey Saint. It’s a tale about addiction, guilt and redemption. I realize that those are things that wouldn’t normally put a smile on ones face but this story is beautifully told and carries an uplifting message. If you are new to graphic novels as I am then this is the perfect place to start.
About the hockey. This story has hockey in it but it isn’t about the sport. It’s a story about a man trying to be a better man and falling a little sort until he meets someone who makes him realize that he wasn’t trying hard enough. It’s simply told with hockey as the background. So you don’t need to search the internet learning about hockey if you don’t follow the sport. Don’t let the title put you off.
This was a great story with great artwork. You should visit the author’s website and check out the rest of his work.
Background feature image: Ice, Frozen River by Philippena from freeimages.com