Enter Yerevan, the capital of Armenia — a city in ruins. Wrecking balls swing wildly and cement trucks race through congested streets. Aspiring architect Frunz and his father, the renowned builder known as Mr. Cement, plan to level Yerevan’s historic landmarks and flood the city with Trumpian high-rises. But this plan outrages the citizens of Yerevan, who rise up in Revolution. Amid the ensuing chaos, only one thing is certain: Frunz must brave the streets swarming with rebels in search of the Golden Mean.
Written by Viken Berberian with his signature originality and verve and drawn with audacious compositions, delirious colors, and a kinetic expressionistic technique by the acclaimed painter and illustrator Yann Kebbi, The Structure is Rotten, Comrade is a formally innovative and politically resonant work, by turns prescient, punchy, cautionary, and fearless.
"Kebbi's outlandish, raw colored-pencil art [is a perfect match for] Berberian’s sardonic voice and apocalyptic sense of humor. This bizarre art-comic will tickle intellectual funny bones." — Publishers Weekly
"Berberian’s writing is propelled by artist Kebbi’s color pencil art, which embraces the chaotic narrative fully. Smart and wild in equal measure, Comrade is excellent reading." — The A.V. Club
"Kebbi renders a violently chaotic world consisting entirely of colored pencil lines charged with gestural energy." — PopMatters
"Viken Berberian brings his trademark political acuity to his new graphic novel, illustrated by Yann Kebbi." — LA Times
"Revolts—against subjugation, occupation, blind entitlement, utter greed—burst forth with much force, a vital reminder that revolution cannot be contained on the page." — Booklist
"This book is spellbinding for its art and fast pace. If you liked Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, you should peruse The Structure Is Rotten, Comrade." — New York Journal of Books
"A delight visually, Comrade is ultimately a critique of both corruption and capitalism. Few graphic novels have taken on so many issues with quite so much verve." — EVN Report
"... a painfully beautiful book both visually and prosaically. In this groundbreaking graphic novel, the grand ambitions of the individual collide with the chaos of revolution." — World Literature Today