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- Publisher: DC Comics
- Format: Hardback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 183mm x 234mm x 18mm | 408g
- Publication date: 7 November 2007
- ISBN 10: 1401211402
- ISBN 13: 9781401211400
- Sales rank: 409,236
Written by G. Willow Wilson Art and cover by M.K. Perker Written by breakout talent G. Willow Wilson, a Cairo-based journalist, and drawn by renowned illustrator M.K. Perker, the original hardcover graphic novel CAIRO is action-adventure that brings the ancient and modern Middle East together with a Vertigo twist! A stolen hookah, a spiritual underworld, and a genie on the run change the lives of five strangers forever in this modern fable set on the streets of the Middle East's largest metropolis! This magical-realism thriller interweaves the fates of a drug runner, a down-on-his luck journalist, an American expatriate, a young activist, and an Israeli soldier as they race through bustling present-day Cairo to find an artifact of unimaginable power, one protected by a dignified jinn and sought by a wrathful gangster-magician. But the vastness of Africa's legendary City of Victory extends into a spiritual realm - the Undernile - and even darker powers lurk there...
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By Michele Foschini 23 May 2009
Juggling a rather large cast of characters, and drawing on her real-life experiences in Cairo, Wilson spins a tale of crime and mysticism that I didn't think I'd find believable. After a handful of pages, though, the utter plausibility of both the characters' motivations and their drives enthralled me, and I was unable to put this book down.
There's a rare chemistry between this writer and her artist, one that their segue work, Air, sees refined to a next plateau. You are in for a treat: action, racial issues, romance, responsibility and coming of age all wrapped in one graphic novel that you won't forget anytime soon. Highly recommended!