I can't for the life of me tell why I like A Devil And Her Love Song so much, but I know this much: it didn't resemble anything I expected. It defiesI can't for the life of me tell why I like A Devil And Her Love Song so much, but I know this much: it didn't resemble anything I expected. It defies any attempt to pigeon it: the artwork is fantastically inconsistent, with some pages suggesting painstaking efforts contrasted with an absolute naivity in basic technical draughtmanship (the first scene with the protagonist kicking someone awake is such an example; her kicking leg suggests the artist was an who used a polo mallet for reference).
And yet, whereas I've absolutely slated other works with inconsistent artwork, here it... works? Or simply isn't problem?
The characters are the same - a the cast is mix of straightforward plot robots, soap opera cliches, romance cliches and... genuinely compelling characters.
For some time I thought this was maybe a reaction of "I've found my new guilty pleasure" mixed with some so-bad-its-good; and maybe its a little of both but that's not a satisfactory explanation and doesn't do AD&HLS justice; its simply good despite its flaws, it swings back and forward from formulaic and by-the-numbers to genuinely unpredictable and surprising enough to become a compelling page turner.
It helps that the main character is completely utterly blunt and absolutely honest to those around her - a constant relief to plain awful or mediocre elements and a continuing source of amusement when everything else is so inconsistent, tiresome or irritatingly melodramatic.
I'd recommend it, not because its good (I'm undecided yet if it is good), but because it was completely engaging and like nothing I'd read before....more
Passable stories, not one single strong female character and no real sign of any bigger plot arc in sight.
The best thing I can say about this is its cPassable stories, not one single strong female character and no real sign of any bigger plot arc in sight.
The best thing I can say about this is its consistent. There's no real point in the volume where your hopes are falsely raised that the story will get any better or more gripping. The volumes have enough swearing and little enough intrigue that the plot becomes too complex for the offensively stereotypical comic reader and offensively stereotypical gun fanatics overlap. Depth? Not here. No moral dilemmas.
But its a choir to go through. Punisher is Batman dumbed down, ultimately. There are few hooks to the character, so when he's not in the middle of the panel, and instead the characters with personalities (that will not be making repeat appearances)/collateral damage/comic book villains are talking the story gets slightly more interesting. The main character is the most boring character in the whole story, a Mary Sue mixed with a terminator, that is known and loved and feared and hated by all the right people to keep the story trudging along. Frank Castle is about as blank and uncharismatic as Bella from Twilight.
Absolutely nothing unmissable here, but no worse than the rest of Punisher....more
Rather forgettable Star Wars story. For the 100,000th time a jedi has to go to Tatooine. Jabba is a backstabbing worm, a bounty hunter is after the jeRather forgettable Star Wars story. For the 100,000th time a jedi has to go to Tatooine. Jabba is a backstabbing worm, a bounty hunter is after the jedi. The formula is followed and the boxes on the Star Wars roles are ticked. Jedi? Check. Sandstorm? Check. Poorly conceived plan to kill the jedi? Sand people? Weirdly speaks Yoda? Check, check and check.
All the technology looks closely like they do in the films, perhaps to a fault - it feels rigid, and on a world where the storyline makes a point of people being stuck and having to adapt & improvise, the tech rarely seems to reflect this; for Hutts who're greedy and power hungry there's little to indicate that they've fought or risked for anything new lately.
There isn't one interesting character; whenever someone does something that displays some hidden depth - a personal flaw, something that goes against the grain of the jedi code - the plot abandons it like it and never brings it up again.
The artwork is done to a consistently good standard, and was clearly done by people who care about the SW universe; this wasn't just another paycheck to them.
By all means, if you own a full Storm Trooper costume read this, because I think you'll enjoy it. But its not a good introduction to anyone new to it; there's nothing gripping about it, it lacks hooks.
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who wouldn't seek it out to read anyway; it was readable, but could have been different enough to remarkable. It wasn't though, and there are enough excellent science fiction stories and unforgetable graphic novels to give a book like this a miss....more