Used Books is an online graphic novel created by Vickie Boutwell.Used Books is an ongoing crime drama with a mostly serious tone that centers around three women including a former assassin for an allegedly defunct criminal organization, a former police officer who brought down the organization, and a former college professor who lost her parents to the crime ring. The former assassin runs the bookstore, from which the comic derives its name.Used Books began in February 2007 with daily updates on Drunk Duck, very rough handdrawn art, and short episodes and is currently over 800 pages long, updating twice a week with full-color pages. It contains themes of friendships and family bonds strained by deceit and murder. The cast of Used Books is large and varied, but the plotlines usually are centered around one or more of the main three women.
This comic contains examples of:
Affably Evil - Raidon doesnít just seem like a nice guy. He really is. He broods over people suffering. He gives to charity, and he is a kind host. But when he wants something, he gets it.
The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry - Kaida hates her twin sister Violet so much that it drove her to run away from home to a life of crime. Violet is a successful and bubbly lawyer while Kaida is a cynical former assassin.
Heterosexual Life-Partners - Kaida and Yuki fit this trope perfectly. They are inseparable friends despite their quarrels. They might as well be a couple, except they arenít romantic.
Implied Love Interest - This seems to start developing into actual love interests later in the story, but this trope is used a lot. Yuki and Brad, Seiko, and Tristan, and Toyo and Celes are the clearest examples.
Strong Family Resemblance - Kaidaís whole family have a close resemblance. Seiko appears to be a brown-haired version of her mother. And Yukiís brothers share the same skin, eye, and hair color.
Someday This Will Come in Handy - One character or another always seems to know some bit of random helpful info about any number of topics. For Seiko, itís often explained as her schooling, while Kaida claims life experience.
Sympathetic Murderer - In Used Books, the murderers are often sympathetic. For example, when Mike killed a man unprovoked, the sympathy lies with him and not with the widow.
Tell Me About My Father - Seiko is often heard to say ďDid you know my mother?Ē to anyone that she believes might have had a connection.
The Watson - Alex shows up early in the story. It seems that his main purpose is to interact with the main characters by evoking exposition, asking questions the audience wants to ask but the other characters can't.