Graphic Novel Review – Mooncop by Tom Gauld

moon cop

“I’d never thought much about the moon before I got this job. But I love it here. I can spend hours just looking out at the stars and the rocks. It makes me feel very peaceful.”


moon cop“Living on the moon . . . Whatever were we thinking? . . . It seems so silly now.”

The lunar colony is slowly winding down, like a small town circumvented by a new super highway. As our hero, the Mooncop, makes his daily rounds, his beat grows ever smaller, the population dwindles. A young girl runs away, a dog breaks off his leash, an automaton wanders off from the Museum of the Moon.


  • Hardcover
  • 94 pages
  • Published September 20th 2016 by Drawn and Quarterly
  • Original TitleMooncop
  • ISBN1770462546 (ISBN13: 9781770462540)
  • Edition Language English




  • Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Nominee for Best Graphic Album
  • Best Writer/Artist (for Tom Gauld), and Best Lettering (for Tom Gauld) (2017)



My Thoughts

This is tiny, and I mean really tiny melancholy story about a cop who lives in a now-defunct colony on the moon. Everyone is leaving the colony and heading for parts unknown. This leaves the cop with decreasingly less and less to do. Until he is almost the only person left… almost. I don’t want to give anything away about how this story ends up. However, the ending has a bittersweet tinge with a splash of hope. Perfect for the timbre of the story.


The artwork is simple and subdued. It is odd how it is drawn, almost so stark that you believe it to be the desolate land of the moon. I think if it had been drawn any other way, it would have been too fancy for this story. As it stands it is perfectly rendered to convey the almost ennui of the cop.

I recommend this. Plus, donuts play a bit of a roll so you can’t go wrong.

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