Okay, now Vaughan and Staples are just toying with our emotions. (That said, I am so happy with how things came out in this one, and I SWEAR TO ALL THOkay, now Vaughan and Staples are just toying with our emotions. (That said, I am so happy with how things came out in this one, and I SWEAR TO ALL THAT IS HOLY, if anything ever happens to Ghüs and/or Friendo, I WILL RIOT.)...more
I don't love the shift in the art direction (though I understand why there *was* a shift), but still in love with the stories. And I DO like the art,I don't love the shift in the art direction (though I understand why there *was* a shift), but still in love with the stories. And I DO like the art, it's not like the style change in this is bad -- in fact, it's something I would have commented on very positively in a review; it's unique and a sort of dreamy/realistic blend. BUT I just loved the expressiveness of the first issues -- Roc Upchurch's handle on character and emotion through facial expression was seriously some of the best I have EVER seen, so when it changed, I really missed that. (Also, Sawyer was just so damn hot in his hands...) Stjepan Šejić's art was still really great, but it wasn't my Queens, you know? It wasn't the ones I'd come to love. But still, excellent series, and I'm looking forward to getting into the next vol. of issues and seeing how I respond to the art once it changes hands again (to Tess Fowler)....more
I don't know who was the first to recommend these comics to me, and I can't even begin to list all of the people who have since, but THANK YOU ALL YOUI don't know who was the first to recommend these comics to me, and I can't even begin to list all of the people who have since, but THANK YOU ALL YOU ARE RIGHT I LURVE YOU. I freaking love this series....more
I have to say, there came a point in this when I was feeling pretty let down. Hype has been strong with this book, and I was so excited to find out whI have to say, there came a point in this when I was feeling pretty let down. Hype has been strong with this book, and I was so excited to find out what all of that hype was about when it showed up in my mail – and then I found myself kind of feeling like I had to slog through it, and not really connecting with the world or the characters at all. I found it very, very cheesy in the beginning, and jumbled and messy – I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but I think it was a number of smaller things: I didn’t fully buy the premise of “Threads” and the various witcheries, didn’t buy the names and the cultures as indeed separate languages and cultures; didn’t fully buy the relationship between the two female leads and the way the complete each other’s sandwichessentences well, fighting moves, really. Names and locations seemed picked for individual sound, not for any truth to the weight of cultural heritage, which is one of my biggest fantasy pet peeves, and the fantastical premise and overall world-building was really hanging by a thread (ba dum tss), which is the other of my big fantasy pet peeves. All in all, I was ready to call it quits on this one at about 50 pages in, and write it off as one of those weird mindfreaks that sweeps through the blogging world on occasion.
But then something happened. I don’t know that it ever became That Book that everyone has been raving about, for me, but it did take a pretty sharp turn into ‘Hey, this isn’t so bad,’ and from there into ‘Hmm, this is vaguely addicting.’ It still sometimes irritated me with its gimmicky treatment of multiple POVs (I call it the Dan Brown Style™ of writing, where each chapter/POV is cut off right at the crucial moment, like a mini-cliffhanger, which is a trick that has a very short shelflife, before it becomes very obnoxious and starts absolutely killing the tension the author has worked so hard to build); the names and gimmicks and the easiness of things still sometimes jangled against me, the jumble of the magic and the “witcheries” still got on my nerves a bit, or felt hollow and a little too far of a stretch for me to willingly suspend disbelief (completely). And yet . . . Somewhere along the line, I grew to start really enjoying it. I couldn’t help but be drawn along, eager to see how it was all going to play out in the end – and I also found myself still thinking about it, still feeling like I should be reading it, should be continuing on with the characters, for days afterwards. It had worked its way into my head, and I came around to it.
Reading it on the heels of Six of Crows probably didn’t help, as you kinda can't help but compare the two, Tidewitches and all, and feel this falls short. But once the ball really got rolling, it was pretty damn enjoyable, and there are elements there that I actually do love (and man! Let me tell you, I was so excited to see a story where the focus (at least, for a time) was on a female friendship. Of course, of course, romantic tension competes hard for top billing, but the friendship aspect remains strong, and from the bits of the world mythology we get sprinkled throughout, I think that’s a trend that’s going to continue throughout the series, and that makes me very happy. YA desperately needs a stronger focus on friendships), and so, though in the beginning I felt sure I was going to abandon this one to the DNF pile, in the end, I find myself actually pretty eager for book two. Go figure.
This might be the longest-standing comic recommendation that I have; it was seriously one of the first (that I can remember) comics that I had someoneThis might be the longest-standing comic recommendation that I have; it was seriously one of the first (that I can remember) comics that I had someone push on me like crazy, and it's been pushed-on-me-like-crazy many times, by many people, ever since. So after yeeeeeaaarrrss, I finally got around to reading it. You all were right.