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.["br"]>["br"]>...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
Ender's Game meets Contact, plus alien-created, Harry Potter-esque sorting hat. This graphic novel felt like it had a lot of rich detail that, in my lEnder's Game meets Contact, plus alien-created, Harry Potter-esque sorting hat. This graphic novel felt like it had a lot of rich detail that, in my limited experience, doesn't often find its way into such works.
I liked little things like their selection of the code word Grampa "because he's cool"--seemed like a Card-family inside joke and/or a tip of the hat to and appreciation of Grampa Card. The nickname Nine for the character Ixchab was also very clever. The fact that Azure thinks Robbi is clumsy but that the truth is (view spoiler)[she's actually mildly abused by her step father (hide spoiler)] adds immediate depth to the character.
This is a good start to what seems like it will be a very interesting series.
Addendum June 20, 2013 - Review of audio-book version It's interesting that the authors and publishers chose to release an audiobook version of a graphic novel. For the most part, I think they did a good job adapting it. I found the present-tense a little strange, but I think it makes sense if you use the audiobook as a companion to the graphic novel and enjoy them both at the same time. (I haven't tried this yet, but I imagine it would be awesome). Since descriptions had to be added, to bring across a lot of the visuals shown only graphically in the print version, I felt like in some instances I got a lot more depth of understanding out of this version--primarily character motivations that were meant to be implied through their graphically depicted facial expressions but weren't necessarily that easy to interpret.
Addendum June 29, 2013 And Why, WHY hasn't the next installment come out yet?!?! Grr.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Persepolis is a graphic novel that charts one girl's experience of life in Iran growing up during the civil wars, Islamic take-over, and Iran-Iraq warPersepolis is a graphic novel that charts one girl's experience of life in Iran growing up during the civil wars, Islamic take-over, and Iran-Iraq war of the 1990s and beyond. The book is worth reading just for the history, cultural exposure, and liberal perspective. The art is also great.
However, this graphic novel felt quite long to me, where typically works in the genre are a breeze to get through. I think part of it was the translation--where word choice often rubbed me wrong. The language in the book is often rather course, which I'm a little finnicky about. I also found myself really disliking the main character. Everything she could have done wrong, she did do wrong--from chasing a kid down with a fist full of nails because of his father's position in government, getting some innocent guy arrested to take suspicion off herself, or getting super depressed after she discovers her douche of a boyfriend (view spoiler)[is cheating on her (hide spoiler)].
Part of what made my dislike of her hard to read is the fact that this is also a memoir, so I'm actually judging a real person, which is not fun and just makes me feel bad. I think it was very brave of Santrapi to write Persepolis and include all the good, the bad, as well as the not-so-flattering events of her life in it.
If you're at all interested in reading about the history or culture of Iran or Islam, this book is definitely worth checking out.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more