Despite having liked a few panels, this comic lacked narrative focus and character development. The art wasn't superb, but that wasn't really what mad...moreDespite having liked a few panels, this comic lacked narrative focus and character development. The art wasn't superb, but that wasn't really what made it bad. The story just had nothing going for it. No build-up, no real confrontation, the action bounced around without logic and it was just hard to firgure out what it was all about. Still, the art wasn't all that bad.(less)
A great reference book for people who write or want to become comic writers. Will Eisner relies on...more Podem ler a opinião completa no Floresta de Livros.
A great reference book for people who write or want to become comic writers. Will Eisner relies on real comic examples to accompany his few words. In terms of art expamples and references, this book is amazing, but in terms of actually teaching something deeper (not just the superficial stuff we see a lot of), it lacks a bit. Still, it's an amzing book which I recommend to anyone who has a liking for writing comic.(less)
This was my most anticipated book of the series. Since book 2...more**spoiler alert** Podem ler a opinião completa, em português, no blog Floresta de Livros.
This was my most anticipated book of the series. Since book 2. John Matthew was my favourite male and I was eaguer to read about his and Xhex's HEA. But by the end of "Lover Avenged" I knew I wasn't going to like this as much as I could've. Ward's decidtion to make John just as any other brotherhood warrior (drinking, sleeping around, being a major ass all the time), really turned me off. What I loved about John was that he went through a lot but he didn't go stupid about it. There are other ways to cope with loss, and yet Ward just used the same as she had with others. That and the fact that Xhex, just as Bella (repetition much?) was kidnapped by the lessers. Ok, I know it was different because she was actually *SPOILER*raped*SPOILER*, but seriously, this whole book used plots that had already been used before and that annoyed me. There was so much potencial! John could be (and was) strong without being a total ass.
So all in all, I didn't enjoy this book because of that. I really liked some developments, and Xhex was a great character to follow, but it just wasn't enough to save it for me.
So I'm invested in the characters and I will be reading the next three books, at least, but I'm not hoping for much. Not after this, and that makes me fearful fo the rest.(less)
A very interesting book that brings out some great topics and themes. The only flaw...morePodem ler a opinião completa, em português, no Floresta de Livros.
A very interesting book that brings out some great topics and themes. The only flaw is that, at times it's a bit too literary and I really don't think it will appeal to people who don't already love comics. It's good for comic lovers and especially for comic creators, but for everyone else ... I doubt it. Still, got to love the symbiose between the drawings and the text. Perfect!(less)
Not my favourite book of the Brotherhood, but not my least favourite either. Altough the main couple (Rehvenge and Ehlena) just seemed like they weren't developed enough, the remaining characters made up for that. What I didn't like was John (and his stupid tunr of character). And why does Ward have to repeat a twist? (view spoiler)[Wasn't Bella already kidnapped by the lessers (and then Rehvenge by the sypanths and then the Princess by Lash)? Then why repeat it again with Xhex? It just sounds so lame. (hide spoiler)]
Anyways, since I like Xheh, and USED to like John, I'm looking forward to reading the next book, "Lover Mine", hoping it's best.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
A small and yet refreshing outside view into Phury's character. I'm sad to say that it actually feels like this small tale told more about Phury that the actually book he's supposed to be the center of attention (Lover Enshrined). Now what I didn't like was the narrator, which was too outside the story to make it count. I believe if this was told from the perspective of someone closer, it would make more impact.(less)
A serious yet funny story about what can happen when you only see a person through one p...morePodem ler a opinião (em portuguÊs) no blog Floresta de Livros.
A serious yet funny story about what can happen when you only see a person through one perspective or aspect of their personality. I laughed with every story and personally I feel this is such a sarcastic, over-the-top story, that still manages to feel real in some way. All in all, a good short-story.(less)
One thing I understand now. I should've read "Pulse of Power" before reading "The Pendulum". It's not mandatory, but I'm sure it would've made this a little more enjoyable.
The art was good almost all the time, except during the action scenes (which weren't many). At those times the gorgeous drawings just didn't live up to the expectations, while being too static.
In terms of story, besides feeling a bit lost (we're told things from the past issue in a vague form, and that's alright, but still a bit frustrating), I felt this story was way too rushed. Looking at it from a broad perspective, everyhting is there, the problem is this comic is too literary. There's text explaining things that should be visual. Scenes jump around without a proper link, way too many times. Actually, this was mostly what kept me from loving this comic. The scene changes. One moment she was on Earth, the next she was on an alien planet, being knocked unsconcious only to awake at a completly different place. Way too quick, without connection.
Aside from that, I liked the characters, the setting and the story, besides the good art going around, but the comic shoul have less text, more images to "show" the text, and definetly more focus on the real action scenes, which were all pretty rushed.
Still, it was an enjoyable comic, and I'll read the previous one, and if a next one is done, possibly that as well.(less)
Although the mythology was used with great care and interest, mostly everything else about this book...more Podem ler a opinião completa no Floresta de Livro.
Although the mythology was used with great care and interest, mostly everything else about this book was too convenient in terms of plot. We have some good characters and even an interesting premisse (as well as the mythology), but from then on it's just too much. Everything happens too fast, without any reasonable logic. Isaiah is weak, then strong, then weak again, strong, weak, weak, strong, weak, and so forth. it makes no sense and the only reason for this it's because it's conveninent for the story (sorry I keep repeating myself).
I really wanted to like this (I love mythology!), but I just couldn't like the story. Also the prose was a bit too YA for my taste. I'm sure youngsters will love it but for a more mature/adult adience, the writing just doesn't cut it.
I'd still like to thank "Sea Lion Comics" and "E.J. Dabel" for the opportunity to read this.(less)
An interesting short-story, even though it's a little too action-packed and it barely has any...morePodem ler a opinião completa no blog Floresta de Livros.
An interesting short-story, even though it's a little too action-packed and it barely has any character development, it plants the seed to want to read "Patient Zero". Besides, the action is pretty good.(less)