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Wander (Dicebox, #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Dicebox is a long-form comic that tells the story of an eventful year in the lives of Griffen & Molly, a couple of itinerant factory workers in a space-traveling future, over the course of 4 books.
Paperback, 316 pages
Published December 29th 2011 by Supersticery Press
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Skye Kilaen
One of my household's fave queer graphic novels, and also fave graphic novels with a sci-fi setting. Dicebox follows Molly and Griffen, itinerant space station workers, as they bounce from one job to the next. Molly is the level-headed one who has strange visions, Griffen is the tempestuous one with a complicated past that, by the end of this first book, may be coming back to haunt her. Lee slowly builds a complex world out of characters of various genders, pasts, and interests. It's working ...more
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fab-15
This is absolutely, marvelously, wonderful; a beautifully lavish graphic novel. It starts off very, very slowly; one just meanders through this world with these folks, watching their oddly mundane interactions with the world around them, yet ever so slowly we get to know them, and then the fantasticalness of their world begins to seep through the banality of it in the cleverest of ways. And then one slowly realizes that absolutely nothing can be taken for granted, certainly not gender, or ...more
Clare K. R.
How do I review this book? I've been a fan of the webcomic for years. The book is (somewhat to my surprise) even better than the webcomic; it's beautifully designed, the pages are big and colorful, and it's got all this great extra stuff. There's a glossary in the back! Plus, all the "asides" (by other artists), most of which I hadn't read.

I'll try to describe the story a bit. The main characters are Molly and Griffen, a pair of interplanetary itinerant factory workers. The sci-fi elements are
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dicebox is a criminally underrated webcomic I've never rated here in spite of having followed it for years, probably because it used not to be an actual book as well.
It's one of these wacky comics with a meandering, twisty plots so I'm not going to spoil it here. But expect general weirdness, relationship stuff... and above all surprises. The tone is nevertheless naturalistic.

I shouldn't like Dicebox because it's got one of those SF settings with magitech and preposterous economics (which
Bob Folker
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel mostly focuses on the characters and relationship of Griffen & Molly, two married women. These characters are fascinating in their own right. However, they interact with various others enough to keep things stirred up (Griffen in particular tends to cause problems for herself). And the future setting is amazing. No aliens, so far, but humanity comes in various flavors: clone families, space adapted, etc. This story is #1 in a series; the story continues online - it is my ...more
Sam Wescott
Aug 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Very impressive artwork, with great character development, and obviously a ton of work that went into the world -building for this series. My only real complaint is that this book takes "show, don't tell" to the farthest extreme and there is NO exposition. I found myself very confused through large chunks of the novel and only really tied up the strings in that last chapter. It's a very detailed world, but I could have used a bit more hand-holding at the beginning to show me what's what. There ...more
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was a good way through this before I had a feel for what was actually going on, but I'm definitely glad I stuck with it. Like any good novel, the things I didn't understand were (with allowances for the fact the this is book one of four) explained through the course of the story, making this not just a good read overall, but one that would definitely stand up to re-reading, as I expect that I'll find and appreciate things every time through that I didn't even see the first time. It wasn't ...more
A. M.
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Despite some early issues with pacing and artwork that displays characters and scenes far better than motion, Dicebox manages to engage and ensnare. The meandering, sit-and-talk nature of the work helps alleviate the latter, while the former appears less as Lee settles into her work. What originally seems like an intentionally stingy approach to character background becomes pleasantly integral, with the reader learning that they know as little about the main characters as they do about each ...more
Apr 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of Dicebox quite a while ago, but I simply could not get into it. Since i'm pressed for time, i'm going to write this review in a quick bullet list:

- The artwork is absolutely stunning.
- The attention to detail is fantastic! I just love how one of the protagonists changes her hair within every scene.
- I did enjoy the sci-fi elements.

- I can't believe i'm saying this, but there was far too much talking and not enough action. This was one of the main reasons why it took
Jun 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Frst of all, I got this book as part of Goodreads' ARC giveaway.

This book is a 'dead-tree' bversion of the Dicebox webcomic. The title of this first installment is 'Wander', and I was surprised at how accurate the title is. The story just meanders along, not seeming to be in any hurry to get anywhere- BUT! Don't take this comment as a criticism! Somehow, the casual pace works well, giving us plenty of time to get to know the protagonists without bombarding us with facts and figures.
Sure, it's
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: panelled-goods
I've read the webcomic up to the most recently updated page (as of Friday 20th January), and loved it. The artwork is beautiful, and the paperback is high up on my 'to buy' list next month. Full review will come then.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, graphic-novels
One of the finest ongoing webcomics available today.
I just couldn't get into this one. Seemed well done, but nothing grabbed me about what was going on.
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Took me a little while to get into this web comic collection, but once I did, it found it fascinating. I'll be catching up online and ordering the next collection when it becomes available,
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