A review of ‘The Night Wanderer’

A review of ‘The Night Wanderer’

Liz Gray/Reporter

Young adult gothic graphic novel from an Indigenous perspective

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The story begins with Pierre L’Errant, an Anishinaabe man coming to terms with his need to return to his homelands after living hundreds of years in Europe as a vampire.

Pierre comes to Otter Lake and takes residence with Tiffany’s family.

His story is intertwined with Tiffany who is a Native American teenage girl struggling with value within her own life.

Tiffany is dealing with a no good boyfriend, her parents separating and becoming distant with her friends.

In the end, Tiffany and Pierre unintentionally help each other discover the choices they need to make.

This graphic novel is based on the book, ‘The Night Wanderer’ by Drew Hayden Taylor.

The pace runs fast in this black and white 107-page journey. Perhaps the emotional grip got lost in the transition from novel to graphic novel. It felt like there needed to be more depth to become completely invested in the characters.

There could have been more explanation of Pierre’s journey both when he lived as Owl with his tribe and his experience throughout his 300 plus years as a vampire.

The representation of Native Americans in a gothic graphic novel is refreshing, though the art does not flow in different parts. The action panels were off.

At first the artwork was a problem. My initial thoughts were that it needed work regarding flow but once the story took off, my thoughts on the illustration took a back seat.

Tiffany appears to be the main focus of the story and without the presence of a vampire, the graphic novel would be another of a troubled teen finding her way.

One problem with the story was the boyfriend arch. The issue being ‘people are talking because I’m white and you’re Indian,’ narrative seems overused and outdated for being the major strain in the relationship between Tiffany and her boyfriend.

Readers will not find the romance that typically appears in vampire-themed fiction. This graphic novel focuses mainly on identity and acceptance of it.

Overall, it was a decent read.


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