In Odd We Trust (Graphic Novel) (Odd Thomas Graphic Novels)
Dean Koontz's dozens of books are well-written, interesting, and have the literary qualities that others fail to master. Odd Apocalypse, published this year, was his fifth humorous novel focusing on the rather strange but very likable Odd Thomas, who may have obtained his name Odd when his mother misspelled the intended Todd. But it is descriptive because Odd is incredibly wise, respectful, and unusual; he uses the title "sir" and "ma'am" even to people who are intent on killing him in the most horrendous manner. His name is also descriptive because, unlike other people, he sees dead men and women, such as Elvis Presley and President Lyndon Johnson. The dead can gesture to Odd and frequently do so, but although some come to him seeking his help in obtaining justice, they are unable to speak. Odd works as a fry cook at the local dinner in Pico Mundo, California, and is well-known and appreciated because of his delicious pancakes. Odd's girl friend, Stormy, packs a pistol and isn't afraid to use it.
Koontz has also written three graphic novels about Odd Thomas. This is the first of the three and was published in 2008. He wrote this novel with Queenie Chan, who did the illustrations. The plot focuses upon a stalker who committed a murder. Odd is nineteen years old and the sheriff, who knows about Odd's unusual ability, asks him to help find the stalker.
The drawing are good, but Dean Koontz has been so masterful is describing Odd Thomas' activities, his thoughts and the humorous ways that he thinks, without ever describing him, that I felt a small disappointment in seeing him pictured in this novel. Interestingly, it is possible that Dean Koontz himself, who discusses the portrayal of Odd at the end of this book, never really visualized Odd, and while he liked the portrayal and thought that it is the best that one can come up with, it fell somewhat short. The story is good, but because it is a graphic novel instead of a full book, it lacks Koontz's clever humor. Nevertheless, I think adults will like this book, and it is an excellent way to introduce young people to the enjoyment of reading about Odd Thomas.