Alice is Tumblr-land was a strange book and to be honest I didn’t quite get it. The first few pages were interesting enough but after that it just got...more
Alice is Tumblr-land was a strange book and to be honest I didn’t quite get it. The first few pages were interesting enough but after that it just got a little boring. It really tried hard to be relevant but it was just wasn’t. it was supposed to be funny but it fell flat. I gave up after the first quarter. (less)
The Cage is a bizarre and strange graphic novel that I think would really resonate with some readers. Its stark poetic prose and simple illustrations...moreThe Cage is a bizarre and strange graphic novel that I think would really resonate with some readers. Its stark poetic prose and simple illustrations will probably appeal too many but unfortunately not to me. Frankly I really didn’t understand it and I found it quite boring so gave up half way through.(less)
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this one, The Walking Dead dominates not only the zombie graphic novel market but the zombie market in general. I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse and all I got was this Podcast is not The Walking Dead, it is more humour than horror. On a purely entertainment level I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse works but it does not deliver much more than that.
There is no getting around the fact that this graphic is extremely tongue in cheek and in parts boarders on parody. It is different from a lot of other zombie stuff out there. For a start the zombies are female and they only attack men. They also appear to possess some smarts and can communicate on a basic level (mostly name calling.)
The story follows the isolated Mara who runs a podcast from her hideaway that no-one listens too. One day she suffers a snake bite whilst tending her vegetable patch and has to leave her compound to get medical supplies.
During her trip she learns the truth about the zombies and after realising that she is not in danger decides to try and befriend them. But these ‘mean girl’ zombies are not interested, if you aren’t zombie then you are just not good enough and they push Mara out and bully her.
I survived the Zombie Apocalypse and all I got was this Podcast is rather cleaver because behind all the fun you have a character driven half mad by her isolation. There was a moment where I stopped smiling and actually felt really sorry for her. Her delusional state was almost heart-breaking in parts especially when the zombies start picking on her. But she bounces back in the end.
On a technical note the illustrations were great and the story flow was good. Zombie Apocalypse and all I got was this Podcast is a funny and quirky graphic novel that does something a little different with the zombie genre.
The publisher provided me with a free copy of this graphic in exchange for an honest review (less)
Fairest in all the Land is an original Vertigo Graphic novel that features a lot of female characters kicking a lot of asses so naturally I loved it. Comic books may not be just about male characters but it is dominated by male fans. I think this often leads to the sexualisation of the female characters in comic books. Often the clothes are painted on or skimpy and the characters become one dimensional when they become love interests. Thankfully, there was very little of that in Fairest in the Land. As a female who reads comics I cannot tell you how awesome it is to see a comic book where a vast majority of the characters are strong, smart and feisty females.
On a whole this graphic novel was really enjoyable. I liked the story it was interesting, action packed and kept me interested. There were loads of fighting and loads of gore which I quite like in my fiction. There was also a lot off mystery and I like the cat and mouse aspect of it. My only issue in terms of storytelling was a very lengthy introduction by the magic mirror. It just dragged on far too long and I didn’t like the characters voice at all it sounded false. It was not a great start to this graphic and there was a moment where I wasn’t sure I was going to continue reading. I am really glad I did because I really enjoyed the rest.
This Graphic was split into sections each illustrated by different artists. This was both a good and bad thing. It was good because I got to see loads of different styles and it kept things interesting. It was bad because the characters kept changing and sometimes it took me a little time to figure out who everybody was.
Fun, feisty and female-tastic, Fairest in all the Land is a great graphic Novel that does something a little different with the fables we all know and love.
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