I know next to nothing about the world of graphic novels. I’ve read my Alan Moore and a Frank Miller book and that’s it. So I can’t offer an informed opinion about where this fits into the genre, or its achievement in it.
I liked it. But what struck me most reading it was how well Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin and Peter Fellows filled the story out for their film based on the book.
Where the book is lean and sparse, the writers dig into the characters, bringing them all to memorable life and making the events that followed the dictator’s death bleakly, wonderfully funny. The book’s good, but for me the film really takes the story to unexpected heights.
PS The cover makes a poor showing of the names of the novel’s authors, so I’m adding them here: Fabien Nury and Theirry Robin