This is the graphic novel adaptation of The City of Ember, which I read several months ago. I often like to read adaptations right after reading the oThis is the graphic novel adaptation of The City of Ember, which I read several months ago. I often like to read adaptations right after reading the originals, so that I can compare. But this one was so exactly like the original novel (with a few abridgments for length) that it was a little bit dull to read it so soon after reading the original. It would have been better to wait a year or two and then pick it up as a refresher.
I also wasn't super crazy about the illustrations. Which was not at all the illustrator's fault. But more the nature of the setting of the story, which takes place almost entirely underground. So a lot of the pictures were quite drab and nearly colorless. However, the illustrations from above ground were quite lovely, so I imagine that the next graphic novel (if there were plans to do the whole series) would be more pleasing to the eye....more
This is a very awesome compilation of the first two books in Orson Scott Card's Laddertop comic series. The story is great, though the illustrations jThis is a very awesome compilation of the first two books in Orson Scott Card's Laddertop comic series. The story is great, though the illustrations just kind of get the job done. In this version, the illustrations are black and white and small, unlike the glossy color images in the graphic novel Book 1 only version (Laddertop, Volume 1).
Azure and Robbi are best friends selected to join Laddertop Academy and become potential candidates to travel thousands of miles above Earth's surface to the Laddertop Station to help maintain the hundreds of solar panels that serve to give the planet power. Laddertop and all its technology were given to the humans by a seemingly benevolent alien race, called The Givers, less than a century earlier.
Things don't go Azure's way when the strange alien sorting machine doesn't approve her to go to Laddertop. While Robbi's harrowing experience in the sorter nearly breaks the machine. After her close call with the alien technology, Robbi begins having strange alien visions and nightmares, as if The Givers are trying to tell her something. Some factions of humanity are more skeptical about The Givers' motivations and technology, and Azure--left behind on Earth--is recruited.
I found Book 1 of this series very intriguing and, for the last couple of years, have been dying to read the next one. I even re-read it and listened to it (yep, there is oddly an audio book version) while waiting around for the next segment of the story. Finally found this Book 1-2 combo and was not at all disappointed by Book 2 in the series. But it's still driving me crazy that I can't just keep on reading to find out what's going to happen next!...more
Saga is an amazingly written and illustrated graphic novel/comic series.
I gave minus one star for the amount of graphic violence in this installment.Saga is an amazingly written and illustrated graphic novel/comic series.
I gave minus one star for the amount of graphic violence in this installment. Maybe it was no more than before, but it at least affected me more this time. I also found it a bit challenging to remember some of what had come before, since there was such a big gap between my reading of Vol. 3 and Vol. 4. But still amazing, beautiful, and fun to read....more
Love love love this graphic novel! Love the art, love the characters, love the writing.
Volume 3 has renegade new parents Marko and Alana visiting D.Love love love this graphic novel! Love the art, love the characters, love the writing.
Volume 3 has renegade new parents Marko and Alana visiting D. Oswald Heist, the author whose work first compelled Alana to turn away from the generations-old war between her people and Marko's. Meanwhile, the bounty hunter The Will and Marko's ex-fiance Gwendolyn are stranded on a seemingly-peaceful jungle planet until their ship can be fixed. The Will struggles with what course of action to take next as tension between him and Gwendolyn heats up, and he has a visit from the ghost of his creepy ex-girlfriend The Stalk....more
March of the Wooden Soldiers introduces readers to the tale of Boy Blue's lost love Red Riding Hood, and the fall of the last hold and gateway in theMarch of the Wooden Soldiers introduces readers to the tale of Boy Blue's lost love Red Riding Hood, and the fall of the last hold and gateway in the Fable Homelands. Then Fabletown is surprised by the miraculous return of Red Riding Hood through a gateway previously sealed from the other side. Boy Blue and Bigby Wolf must contend with what the sudden appearance of this long-lost fable means, and Snow White must lead the Fables into war against unexpected Adversary troupes.
I've really come to enjoy how in every episode but the very first, Fabletown or some of its primary members are always in dire danger. No melodrama here. I really enjoy the whole idea of rebel Fables and Fables who have betrayed their own kind and sided with the Adversary. Perhaps what I liked best about this episode, though, was the very good setup with Boy Blue's involvement with Red Riding Hood and that final battle in the Homelands, and how this story opened up many new story questions to be addressed in future episodes (view spoiler)[(mainly that Pinocchio's father Geppetto is still alive and possibly a slave of the Adversary, but also is Red Riding Hood still alive and enslaved as well and will she come back into the story later?) (hide spoiler)]. Also, the battle between (view spoiler)[Baba Yaga and the gingerbread house witch (hide spoiler)] was bad-ass....more
This second collection follows Snow White and Rose Red as they visit the Animal Farm, in upstate New York--whSo far, Fables has been just okay for me.
This second collection follows Snow White and Rose Red as they visit the Animal Farm, in upstate New York--where all the non-human or otherwise too-unusual-to-blend-in fables live. Little do they realize they have arrived just as the farm's occupants are about to stage an uprising.
What doesn't excite me about this story: the art, the solve-a-mystery type plots, and the lack of personal entanglement between characters. What I did enjoy was rebel leader Goldilocks and her tension-filled interactions with the bears and other rebel fables. I love this gun-toting, extremist version of her. Too bad the tension and unspoken baggage between her and her fellow rebels was left never to be further explored....more
Saga is the story of a man and woman from two warring humanoid races who have, against all odds, fallen in love and had a child together. Now hunted aSaga is the story of a man and woman from two warring humanoid races who have, against all odds, fallen in love and had a child together. Now hunted as war criminals by both their peoples, they are on the run with an infant and an eclectic collection of companions.
Really fantastic second installment. Laugh out loud funny at times. Great art, great story and dialogue. As risque as the first volume (faint of heart be wary). And the ending has made me very impatient for volume 3!...more
So so so good. This is what a graphic novel should be. This first volume depicts the birth and first days of an infant born to parents of warring raceSo so so good. This is what a graphic novel should be. This first volume depicts the birth and first days of an infant born to parents of warring races, who have married against all odds and are now pursued by both their peoples as outlaws and deserters.
The art is fantastic and, above all, consistent. The writing is emotionally engaging and avoids the pitfalls of exposition.
Just a word of warning, though. Don't pick this series up unless you're comfortable with a lot of nudity and graphic violence....more
This is a very funny picture book about Darth Vader raising young Luke Skywalker, as a single father. Most of Vader's lines are pulled directly from tThis is a very funny picture book about Darth Vader raising young Luke Skywalker, as a single father. Most of Vader's lines are pulled directly from the movies as are many of the situations, such as Luke playing in the trash compactor. From the author note, the concept for the book came from the humorous idea of Vader and Luke spending Father's Day together. The author has since explored Vader's fatherhood further with the creation of Vader's Little Princess, which I've only skimmed. But, based on that skimming, I would probably rate it at five stars....more
I didn't actually enjoy the original version of New Spring, so I'm not sure why I wanted to read the graphic novel other than for a masochistic need fI didn't actually enjoy the original version of New Spring, so I'm not sure why I wanted to read the graphic novel other than for a masochistic need for thoroughness. From page one, the graphic novel adaptation promised no improvement but looked like it was provisioning up to be worse than the original.
The graphic novel adaptation poses similar challenges to that of a movie adaptation. The form relies on visuals and dialogue, with little opportunity for direct exposition. The New Spring graphic novel completely ignores that reality, giving us huge swaths of narrative, expository text explaining the scenes presented to the reader in each spread. In this medium, for the most part, I think the graphics should explain themselves. Yes, sometimes you miss out on a little nuance (especially depending on how long you spend looking at each illustration). But no one picks up a graphic novel expecting to read the Bible.
Suffice it to say, I skimmed a lot. Some things I did enjoy included the depictions of young Moiraine and Siuan, and some of the intricate and lovely dress details. I could not tell the Borderlandian men apart very well and relied mostly on the context of their dialogue to determine who was saying what.
One most peculiar thing was the illustration quality, which changed about two-thirds of the way through the story into a sloppy, un-detailed mess. I'm not sure if several different artists did illustrations for different segments of the book or perhaps that Jordan didn't live to quality control through the entire production, so the publisher just let things slide once he wasn't looking over their shoulders anymore? But Moiraine at the end of the book looked nothing like Moiraine at the beginning, which was odd considering the very specific and rather nit-picky emails from Jordan about character appearances, included in the graphic novel end notes....more
This fourth volume of the graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World begins with the groups separated after their harried flight from Shadar LogThis fourth volume of the graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World begins with the groups separated after their harried flight from Shadar Logoth and ends...in just about the same place, only the groups are a bit nearer to arriving in Caemlyn. That summary kind of sums up the dragging pace of this installment. It's a part of the book that I've always found odd, too. And it might have benefited from some abbreviation in the graphic novel form. Art was better in this volume than in the third. But the whole thing still didn't give me the excitement and eagerness that I was left with after the first two installments....more
This third volume in the graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World begins with the group's entrance into the fallen city of Shadar Logoth and eThis third volume in the graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World begins with the group's entrance into the fallen city of Shadar Logoth and ends with their separation after fleeing the city--Perrin and Egwene across the river and into the company of Elyas; Rand, Mat, and Thom meanwhile hitching a ride on a river boat.
Although one could say that a lot happens in this installment, I actually felt like the pacing fell dramatically away and I didn't breeze through this one so easily. Something about the art, too, seemed less consistent and engaging. Almost as if a new artist had taken over-- though I know from the masthead that this wasn't the case--the characters didn't look consistently the same from page to page.
I enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time Book 1) quite a bit more than I expected to after my disappointment witI enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time Book 1) quite a bit more than I expected to after my disappointment with the New Spring graphic novel. The only frustrating thing is that they are being produced so slowly. I would love to "reread" the series (up to where I left off) in this new form, but despite publication of the first graphic novel volume back in 2011, there are still only four published volumes, and that's still only covering part of the first book in the series. Thought you waited long for the original series? It seems it will be decades upon decades before the graphic novel series is complete (if ever). Too bad. But I'll still enjoy reading the four that are out so far....more