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Pride & joy
Ennis, Garth.
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New York : DC Comics, [2004]

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102 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
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"Suggested for mature readers--Cover p. [4].

Originally published in single magazine form as Pride & joy #1-4.
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Collecting the classic 4-issue miniseries from writer Garth Ennis(PREACHER, The Punisher) and artist John Higgins (WAR STORY: D-DAY DODGERS),this 104-page trade paperback tells the story of Jimmy Kavanagh, a widowerstruggling to raise his young daughter and rebellious teenagedson.  Unfortunately, Jimmy also has a secret past - a past thatreturns without warning..

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Booklist Review

Jimmyavanaugh grew up in New York's Hell'sitchen when it was still hard to do without getting into crime. But he left that behind ages ago, or so he thinks, until the two guys he did his biggest job with show up on his doorstep with news that Stein, who hired them for that heist and whom they betrayed to the police, is out of prison and looking for revenge. Savage as Hannibal Lecter, Stein is also as implacable as a Fury, butimmy decides not to face him. With his erstwhile partners and his kids, 17-year-old Patrick and 10-year-old Rachel, he runs. Complicating the flight is Patrick's sulking rebellion againstimmy's hard-guy toughness. Patrick's resentment helps with the backstory, however, whenimmy decides to placate him by revealing why they are running. Ennis develops every narrative strand in this scary, violent noir surprisingly fully, and Higgins makes it look richly moody by emphasizing the darker shades of a full-color spectrum; there are few single-color suffused pages. A guilty pleasure par excellence. --Ray Olson Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

This noir tale of parenthood and revenge brings Ennis's talent for dialogue and flair for the grotesque to a decidedly unexpected venue. Jimmy Kavanagh is a long-retired petty criminal and recent widower raising his young daughter and sullen teenage son. He's still mourning his wife and his recently deceased father, whose memory he keeps alive by telling his kids tales of the elder Kavanagh's macho bravery and deeds of chivalry and honor as a pilot. But he's disconnected from his son, who rebels against Jimmy's brand of macho fatherhood, and he seems adrift in the world. That is, until a vicious criminal named Stein returns to exact vengeance for a decades-old double-cross. On the run, Jimmy reminisces about his wife and father's mortality, the stories they told him, and his relationship to his son. Ennis (Preacher) ambitiously attempts to give a sermon on honor, family and love in the context of a family on the run from a psychotic murderer. However, he largely fails to make it work. Jimmy is essentially unsympathetic: his obsession with old-world ethics and his simplistic, black and white outlook make him one-dimensional. Meanwhile, the villain, Stein, is standard issue: capable, we're told again and again, of doing anything, anytime. Without real intrigue behind the protagonist, this work plods along, its thriller plot as listless as its themes. Higgins's art is serviceable but bland and sits on the page, imbuing an already floundering script with little to help it. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved