Story , Art & colour by Tara O’Connor

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Roots is easily one of the most beautiful comics I’ve ever read.


Strong words, but completely true.

I’m not just talking about the art. I’ll get to that in a minute.

The story is beautiful. It reflected events in my own life. It made me laugh out loud. It made me smile. It made me root for its characters SO hard. It broke my heart.

For the time I was reading it and on and off since, when I think about it, it’s made the world a better place.

It’s a story of hope. It’s a story of finding what might be your place in the world.

What’s it about?

It’s the story of a girl coming from the U.S.A to Ireland after a bad year. She hopes to find out a little about where her family come from and maybe to find out a little about herself and she ends up finding love instead.

That’s it. No Super heroes (except maybe John IS a little bit of a super hero) No explosions, no battle suits.

Just truth.

Far from the usual subject in comics I read I assure you.

Never in any prose or sequential art have I found the subject of falling in love so perfectly described.


I don’t want to give away much more of the story, i want you to enjoy discovering it as much as I did.

The art is stunning. It reminds me of Scott McCloud, but the style is definitely all Tara O’Connor. I can only imagine how strange it is to draw yourself so many times.

Unknown to me when I bought this I’ve met John briefly at a comic book signing. I recognised him from this brief meeting because Tara’s art is so real. Yet it retains a fun cartoonish style.


The gray wash colouring the book is perfectly understated. No colouring at all would have seemed cold. Too much colour would have eaten away at the beauty of the images. The lettering style compliments the art perfectly.

I would particularly recommend Roots to anyone who says they don’t like comics or people who have never read one.

This is what comics should be: A beautiful story, beautifully drawn.

An absolute triumph.

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