Well, the art is pretty. But the story itself just didn't do it for me. It may have been that the mystery itself wasn't terribly compelling. So Teddy'Well, the art is pretty. But the story itself just didn't do it for me. It may have been that the mystery itself wasn't terribly compelling. So Teddy's family is actually in Witness Protection. So what? I simply couldn't muster up enough reasons to care. That's because it's basically a small family drama, and I didn't like anyone in this family. Teddy's parents aren't meant to be likable, but it was Teddy himself who annoyed the snot out of me. He's introduced into the book by way of a cop bringing him home, because he's broken into the library. Again. I would actually be marginally more sympathetic to him if he were stealing or causing mischief, but he just wants to read. Who does that? Is he incapable of checking books out? Does the library have some sort of mystical appeal to him? No, as far as I can see he just wants to read by himself, and somehow thinks that the world owes him a private reading room at all times, or something. I hated him instantly. His idiotic, fumbling attempts to investigate his family's mystery did nothing to endear him to me. You've lived in the same very small town virtually all your life, and have found photographic evidence that your father has a twin you know nothing about. If you do absolutely anything but parade a photo of your father and his identical twin around your very small town asking if anybody's seen this man (who, to recap, is identical to your father and is in a picture with your father), you're about twenty steps ahead of Teddy. It's a shame, because there's the bones of an engaging story. It just needed a more thoughtful protagonist, or at least one with more than one or two thoughts in his head.
But hey, it's a really, really good looking book. I loved the watercolor style. It really stands out next to other comics, and it's very nicely done. The art does a great job of setting the mood of the book. It's just a shame that the writing doesn't live up to the art....more
So much fun to read. It has a very similar feel to Lumberjanes, which is very high praise indeed from me. The sense of humor, style of dialog, and oveSo much fun to read. It has a very similar feel to Lumberjanes, which is very high praise indeed from me. The sense of humor, style of dialog, and overall wackiness is very much like what you might find in Lumberjanes, and I am sincerely all about that. Jonesy herself, however, is a significantly less sympathetic character than the Lumberjanes girls. She can be selfish and short sighted and impulsive, but I still find her strangely charming. It may be because her entire world is so cartoonish that I can't take her flaws that seriously, but I bet she'll annoy the snot out of plenty of readers. It's a delightfully quirky book, though. As a bonus, I think this is one that my niece would like, so I'll be passing the recommendation on to her....more
Hardly the most engaging story, but it certainly does what it sets out to do. It seems that what Anderson found interesting in the story is that the fHardly the most engaging story, but it certainly does what it sets out to do. It seems that what Anderson found interesting in the story is that the female characters are allowed to have a certain amount of (still very limited) agency, and to express reactions that are entirely at odds with the expectations of the supposed hero character and with audience expectations. That the female love interest's reaction to being "won" by the hero can basically be summed up as "FML" is more than a little out of the ordinary, even compared to modern books. Not quite enough to save the book for me, though....more
It's interesting how this crossover emphasized to me how great Lumberjanes is and how less-than-great Gotham Academy is. It certainly helps that thisIt's interesting how this crossover emphasized to me how great Lumberjanes is and how less-than-great Gotham Academy is. It certainly helps that this is a very Lumberjanes sort of story, with weird crap happening in the woods that gets solved through the power of friendship, etc. But it did sort of underscore the thing that's niggled at me about Gotham Academy that I haven't really been able to put my finger on, that everything, all the time, is all about Olive. Which... I like Olive, but. When she and Kyle make a bad situation worse because they simply can't stop flirting? Ick. But at least the characterization is on target, and the storyline makes sense in a Lumberjanes world....more