This was a slow-burner for me. At first, I felt that Zora's character was rather useless and whiny, and Broxo came off as cute but sort of one-dimensi...moreThis was a slow-burner for me. At first, I felt that Zora's character was rather useless and whiny, and Broxo came off as cute but sort of one-dimensional. Yet I was very surprised at how both of these characters changed over the course of the graphic novel. I'll admit I was impressed by the dynamic character development and how each and every character (whether subordinate, protagonist, or antagonist) revealed a different side to themselves. I think it's a testament to great story writing if you can make a reader curious enough to see how the characters will develop and then teach them a thing or two about first impressions. It also spoke to the overarching theme of the graphic novel as well, which did in fact have to do with first impressions and discrimination.
My only complaint with this graphic novel is that it feel a bit too open at the end...I feel as though there could be more to this story, even if it was only one more volume's worth! Too bad that for now it's a standalone.
One more strange observation that I made while reading this. Certain elements of Broxo's character design (snub nose, large grin) and personality reminded me, in the oddest way, of an old video game character from my childhood, Tomba. This added to the charm of the character for me, because it gave him a sort of nostalgic, old-school feel. A lot of the characters in this felt inspired partially by old-school rpgs to me, actually. That could just be what I'm reading into though!(less)
I gave this three stars mostly for the art. I'm not really sure I got much out of the story besides the fact that it had a couple neat ideas that I do...moreI gave this three stars mostly for the art. I'm not really sure I got much out of the story besides the fact that it had a couple neat ideas that I don't think were very well executed. Most of the time I got the feeling that this would read as an amazing story if you were a die-hard My Chemical Romance fan and wanted to have the tie-in to the album associated with it. As I'm not a fan of the band and came into this mostly because I was always curious about Gerard Way's comic projects, this comic book mostly felt like a hard-sell for the album. There were a lot of instances where I got the feeling that the lyrics of the album had been worked into the dialogue and that this was supposed to make it read like a comic book version of a rock opera I instead felt as if the story became a lot more garbled and gimmicky.
Unfortunately I finished this feeling pretty cold about it. I loved the stylish artwork, but that was about it. (less)
Depressing...but it's part of the author's intention. I guess the lingering feeling I get from the ending of this graphic novel is more along the line...moreDepressing...but it's part of the author's intention. I guess the lingering feeling I get from the ending of this graphic novel is more along the lines of "bittersweet," but man the path to get there was long and arduous. Again, I say this all in favour of the comic. It certainly has pathos. And the art is wonderful. It took a bit for to see how it was operating, but once I clued in to some of the illustrative techniques that Pedrosa was subtly weaving into the tale, I was very impressed and moved.
This one definitely garners a reread and its worth your time! I found it very easy to finish in a day or so once I got started. However, I would definitely recommend you read this when you are feeling up to the task of bearing the characters' pain and plight, as for many I believe the subject matter could really get under your skin and trigger depression on the wrong day. (less)
I read this for a course on comics theory and I don't know....I'd give this about 2.5 stars. I felt more connected to the treatment of the stories in...moreI read this for a course on comics theory and I don't know....I'd give this about 2.5 stars. I felt more connected to the treatment of the stories in the later half of the book and for the first half I felt like I couldn't relate much to a lot of the stories, although I do appreciate Barry's honesty about her various experiences growing up in late 1960s America. I didn't really connect to her art style either, although again, I can appreciate the effort and the uniqueness of it. I guess it just left me with a strange, bad kind of nostalgic feeling that I associate with cartoons like "Rocko's Modern Life," which while lively, made me feel a bit uncomfortable at the same time. I know some of that was Barry's intention, considering the childhood memories she's recounting, which can be harsh and sometimes even nightmarish at times. I think she definitely achieved some of what she set out for, but I think I just wasn't really feeling it in the same way some of my classmates were because I've dealt with a lot of slice-of-life/autobiographies in comics format for the past year or so and I'm a little weary of it.
This volume would a good one to introduce new readers of the series to, I think. It started off with a previous issue (Newcastle) which explains one o...moreThis volume would a good one to introduce new readers of the series to, I think. It started off with a previous issue (Newcastle) which explains one of the formative incidents of Constantine's life, and then continues on with a few separate episodes of instances that are common in the Occultist's life and line of "work." There's also a condensed timeline of what I believe are all the important moments of Constantine's storyline and a short special on historical magic spots in London (which I gave a glance over, it's more of an extra that I'd save for when I own a copy of this volume).
I want to give this 3.5 stars. Not because I didn't think it was awesome, but because I feel that some of the jokes were lost on me since I'm not real...moreI want to give this 3.5 stars. Not because I didn't think it was awesome, but because I feel that some of the jokes were lost on me since I'm not really a party-goer in the same sense that these protagonists are. Still had loads of fun reading this. I'm really happy for the diversity of the cast (both ethnically and physically), I love how much humour they've managed to pack in while not forgetting to balance it out with some great ass-kicking battle scenes and back story. Always happy to find more comics that don't take themselves ridiculously seriously as well.
I'd have to say my favourite of the cast is definitely Dee. I can really relate to her personality and I like that the rest of the crew is okay with her somewhat (major emphasis on 'somewhat') more level-headed take on the situations they throw themselves into. Her with a book in the corner at Violet's party is basically me at a party and I really appreciated that the creators put in that scene. While I certainly don't frown upon merrymaking in the least, I was glad that the creators acknowledged that everyone's idea of what qualifies as a party is not necessarily the same.
This series is definitely worth checking out!(less)