American Virgin: Head

November 20, 2006 | Trades


American Virgin: Head
Steven T. Seagle & Becky Cloonan
Vertigo/DC Comics
$13.50/$9.99 US (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

Never has a virgin been so screwed.
Adam Chamberlain, the 21-year-old leader of a highly successful national virginity movement, seems to have everything going for him.
Sure, his family is a little dysfunctional (featuring a pot-smoking little brother and disowned step-sister), but Adam’s a bestselling author, thousands of people turn out to hear him speak and his soul mate Cassandra is coming home from two years in the Peace Corps. in just a few days.
All this perfection is thrown out the window when Cassandra is decapitated by an African terrorist organization — leaving Adam questioning God’s plan for him and what he’s supposed to do next.
To help deal with his girlfriend’s death, Adam and his stepsister Cyndi hop on a plane to Africa and try to find out how this horrible crime could have happened.
But the answers Adam finds lead, of course, to more questions and his quest becomes a search for both Cassie’s head and her killers.
Writer Steven T. Seagle (It’s A Bird!), along with artist Becky Cloonan (Demo), has laid the foundation for an interesting conflict between morality and desire and has created an instantly complex and conflicted protagonist to mess with.
American Virgin is one of the best of a hot new wave of Vertigo books and shouldn’t be missed.

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