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Mini-reviews: Graphic Novel Time!

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My love for graphic novels began with manga when I was 12 years old. A course in university further encouraged this love, where I had to analyze different styles of graphic novels. Over the years, I didn’t read too many of them. This was mostly because I didn’t have access to them, or because I didn’t like reading them online. But every now and then, I find one I can’t resist!

Ever After by Olivia Vieweg [ARC]

Ever After book cover

Ever After

by Olivia Vieweg

Published May 4, 2012 by Graphic Universe
ISBN: 1728412927

Data from Goodreads

Vivi and Eva are two travelers in a countryside filled with the undead. After a train breaks down, stranding them between safe zones, the young women partner up to stay alive. Vivi is struggling with grief–and guilt–over the loss of her sister. Eva is hiding the start of a horrifying transformation. Together they’ll face heat, zombie hordes, and their own inner demons, searching for signs of life in a land of the dead. This graphic novel addition to an enduring genre is thoughtful and emotion-driven, but also full of zombie scares and action.

  • I was drawn to the art in the cover but the style wasn’t consistent throughout the story. This is just a personal preference, however.
  • There wasn’t enough worldbuilding. What caused the zombies? How are the weeds important? I had a lot of questions and no answers.
  • While the characters had complex issues, I still didn’t connect to them and didn’t really care what happened to them.

While I wanted to love this book, the lack of detail just didn’t work for me. Sadly, I won’t be picking up the next volume.

Karmen V1 by Guillem March [ARC]

Karmen V1 book cover

Karmen V1

by Guillem March

Published June 17th 2020by Europe Comics
Series: Karmen
ISBN: 9791032810538

Data from Goodreads

This is a graphic novel about death and suicide… but not in the way you think. It’s about death that can be reversable, when and if the right angels are looking. The dead person here is Catalina, a self-absorbed student who kills herself out of heartbreak. The angel is Karmen, an angel of the facetious, unusual sort. Her capacity for empathy is so great that she leads “her” dead on a journey toward redemption and, believe it or not, back to life! Full of surprises, metaphysics, and beautiful women, this graphic novel is tender and not devoid of humor.

TW: suicide, depression, death

  • I loved the artwork. It worked so well with the story, with characters flying out of the panels. The color palette was also really nice and the detailing on the characters was great.
  • The plot was intriguing and I loved the way it led the reader to introspection about life, death, and happiness.
  • The worldbuilding is really good, and it had me wanting to know more.

This graphic novel had me hooked and I cannot wait for the translation of the next volume in this series!

Spy x Family Vol 1 by Tatsuya Endo [ARC]

Spy x Family Vol.1 book cover

Spy x Family Vol.1

by Tatsuya Endo

Published June 2nd 2020by Viz Media
Series: Spy x Family
ISBN: 1974715469

Data from Goodreads

Master spy Twilight is the best at what he does when it comes to going undercover on dangerous missions in the name of a better world. But when he receives the ultimate impossible assignment—get married and have a kid—he may finally be in over his head!

Not one to depend on others, Twilight has his work cut out for him procuring both a wife and a child for his mission to infiltrate an elite private school. What he doesn’t know is that the wife he’s chosen is an assassin and the child he’s adopted is a telepath!

  • This is the cutest manga I have come across! It has such a great premise and the characters are adorable!
  • I felt a connection to all of the characters and enjoyed seeing their interactions.
  • The plot is fast-moving, and very entertaining! I loved every minute of the story. My only critique would be that there were some moments where a little more time could have been helpful in getting some depth.

If this gets made into an anime, I will definitely be watching. For now, I’m going to grab myself the next volume!

Monstress Vol. 3: Haven by Marjorie Liu

Monstress Vol. 3: Haven book cover

Monstress Vol. 3: Haven

by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda

Published September 11th 2018by Image Comics
Series: Monstress
ISBN: 1534306919

Data from Goodreads

Maika Halfwolf has begun to unlock the mysteries of her past – but the challenges of the present are only growing. In this third volume of MONSTRESS, collecting issues 13-18, Maika’s journey takes her to the neutral city of Pontus, where she hopes to find temporary refuge from her pursuers. Unfortunately, Pontus may not be as safe as Maika and her allies had hoped.

As the impending war between humans and Arcanics creeps ever closer, and powerful players fight for the chance to control her future, Maika finds she must work with Zinn, the Monstrum that lives inside her, in order to ensure their mutual survival. But even that alliance might not be enough to prepare Maika for the horrors to come.

TW: violence

Continuing this series has been such a pleasure for me because it is just EVERYTHING. What does it have?

  • Fast-paced plot that keeps becoming more complex with each volume
  • Fantastic characters with great development as the series continues
  • Amazing worldbuilding that keeps you wanting more – and asking more questions, too!
  • Beautiful artwork, with steampunk influences. I may not be an artist but I can appreciate beauty when I see it!

I’ve been following this series since I first discovered it a couple of years ago. I haven’t regretted it once, and I cannot wait to savor the next two volumes in this series! I mean it when I say Monstress is worth reading!

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