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GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: FTN reviews A Second Chance at Sarah

August 20th, 2014 by Dave Bowling Comments

A Second Chance at Sarah
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Neil Druckmann
Art: Joysuke Wong

There’s a point in everyone’s life where they want to do things over again. No matter who you are, there will come a single point where you desperately want a Mulligan. It is shortly after the birth of his son that Johnny gets this chance. His wife Sarah has slipped into an apparently irreversible coma and Johnny has found out why: fifteen years earlier, she sold her soul to a demon and it’s time for him to collect. So now, Johnny bets his soul against the same demon for the chance to travel back in time to high school and prevent the seventeen-year-old Sarah from making the deal.

It is this emotional rollercoaster that Neil Druckmann takes us on here, Johnny is given a day to stop Sarah from selling her soul, but since she’s only just broken up with his friend, how likely is she to take notice of him? Even without him claiming to be Scott Bakula. But of course there’s a reason this surprisingly helpful demon is allowing Johnny the opportunity to save his wife’s soul…

This is a touching and extremely well-written graphic novel. There’s not really much more that can be said about it. The storyline draws you in and makes you feel for these characters. This is only amplified by Joysuke Wong’s fantastic artwork: the story truly comes to life. I honestly cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed this book – buy it, you won’t regret it.

5 out of 5 Nerds


Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...