Writer and Artist: Rutu Modan
While Israeli/Palestinian tensions are crucial to the plot, creator Modan avoids addressing the political issues directly. In fact, the words Arab and Palestinian are never even used. Instead, the story focuses on relationships including, eventually, the one developing between Koby and Numi as their mystery unravels. Of the two, I found Numi to be the more appealing character. It's the sort of romance where it's easier to understand in one direction than the other. It's clear what he sees in her, not so much the other way around, except for Koby's resemblance to his father.
Modan's artwork is simple and uncluttered, her text also to the point. The story is very sweet at times but pain is also clearly evident. Exit Wounds is Modan's first full-length graphic novel and a potent debut, winning the 2008 Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Novel.