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Over the Wall

(Stonebreaker Chronicles #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  600 ratings  ·  109 reviews
A great wall separates an ancient metropolis from the surrounding country side. Abandoned, shrouded by time, forbidden to all. No one may enter the mysterious city...

Who dares to go over the wall?
Paperback, 101 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Uncivilized Books (first published July 1st 2013)
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Skye Kilaen
Mini-review: Seriously under-appreciated fantasy graphic novel, but the sequel's recently come out, so it's a good time to discover it! A young girl lives outside a walled-up city. Boys go in as a rite of passage, but her brother didn't come back out. She's forgotten his name, but she's determined not to lose him, even if it means fighting the magic inside the city with the help of a talking demon. The story is compelling, and the art is lovely. It's amazing what Wartman can do with such a limit ...more
Alyson Hurt
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Lovely art. The story here feels incomplete, and the author sets up a world I want to know much more about. I hope there are follow-up volumes.
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphicnovel, ya
A city has been overtaken by alien demon monster creatures. Humans are living outside. One girl attempts a rescue mission over the wall.

I'm trying to put my finger on why this is getting shelved in YA as opposed to J. It seems to me to fit perfectly well on the shelf next to the work of Scott Chantler, Kazu Kibuishi, and Kean Soo (ok, the colorwork might be helping me lean in that direction). The story is straightforward and simple, though it contains some complex themes. The world aesthetica
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A young adult graphic novel that follows the journey of a young girl into an abandoned, walled off city in order to find her brother that she can't quite remember. In the city she encounters the reason why all the humans have left, demons now roam freely. She must choose to continue her quest, or turn back.

I usually do not read graphic novels, but this is a pretty good story for young readers and has lessons such as good winning over evil, courage and female strength. Overall, a good book for yo
Derek Royal
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've had this book for a couple of years. I got a proof copy of it not long before publication, but I put it aside and then forgot about it. Then in our recent webcomic show for the podcast,, we decided to review Wartman's Stonebreak. Over the Wall is the prequel to that, so I had a perfect opportunity to finally read this book. This is something I should have read much, much sooner! ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, teen-comics
reviewing for Booklist ...more
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm putting this at a 4 because I'm assuming it will have a sequel, and if it does, I can see it turning into a great series for middle schoolers!
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy heroine fans
Recommended to Skjam! by: author
The girl shouldn’t be here. Only boys come to the walled city, and only for their coming of age ceremony. The city has nothing in it but demons who eat names, and bones.

But the girl’s brother did not return from the ceremony. Perhaps he got lost, perhaps he has lost his memory? Surely he is not already dead! The girl is determined to find out, and if he’s not dead, to bring her brother home. She’s already partially forgotten him. If only she had an ally, like perhaps a non-evil demon? Is there s
Simon Chadwick
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wading through the enormous choice of cartoon and comic related books each month creates something of a quandary as to what to take a chance upon, but every now and again it results in a real gem falling into your lap. So is the case with Over The Wall by Peter Wartman, a solidly realised fantastical tale of a girl searching for her brother.

The wall in question surrounds an enormous and ancient city, but the human population have deserted it and now live a simpler life in the countryside beyond
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, webcomic
Over the Wall has a female protagonist on the search for her missing brother in the abandoned city near her village. It's cute and clever with its artwork and technique by only using a purple, black, and white color scheme to represent the night-time setting. The pictures themselves are incredibly detailed with intense care given to each detail.

What is it missing? An ending.

I was expecting a sequel by the time I finished, googling up the book to only find nothing.

Where is it? and Are you kiddi
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tween, graphic-novel
When Jesse tells me I need to read a graphic novel, I read it! I really enjoyed the world of this debut, however, a single panel kept this from being a 5 star for me. I'm wondering if it will bother others...
Edward Sullivan
Girl goes over wall into abandoned ancient metropolis in search of her brother and encounters a demon. Good adventure/fantasy tale.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Started well but disappointed with the abrupt resolution to this story. The different viewpoints about the history of the city could have been explored in more depth.
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a beautiful book, heartwarming and sweet, but I feel their was so much more potential to world building. I'd have adored it if there had been more story! So much was left unexplored!
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked this up a bit ago and for some reason didn't read it right away. A story about a young girl who wants to save the brother she is beginning to forget, this is a quickly paced volume.

Anya doesn't stop - not when presented with a demon from the stories, not when she finds her brother (broken and forgetting himself) and not even when a greater demon (a Named demon) threatens her.

We're given much of the background of the world in chunks, though even that is still somewhat sparse compared to
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Anya climbs over the wall into the abandoned city looking for her brother. He and the other young men his age entered the city the day before for their manhood trial and he is the only one who didn't return to his family. Memories of him are slowly escaping from their minds and Anya can't even think of his name, but she is determined to save him.

Inside the city, everything is desolate and there are only demons left in the places that used to hold hundreds of humans. With the help of a possibly r
I liked the concept of this one, and really liked the art, but I felt like there was a serious lack of depth and I had so many questions when I got to the end! I feel like something about the way this first volume was framed just really didn't work for me. I wish we'd actually gotten to see the main character's brother BEFORE, and know a little more about this ceremony, and see her actually discover her missing memories and have conversations with her parents about them. As it was, all that is s ...more
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such an adorable story. A girl goes into a demon city to try and save her brother and finds a new friend. I really enjoyed this story, it was quick, cute, and an easy read. I think this one would be great for ages in middle school to high school. The artwork was great and I loved every second of it. I hope that we learn more about their world and culture in the next book. I think this would make a very cute cartoon.
Kristina Jean Lareau
Dark and bold, ths gn takes us over the wall in search of an almost forgotten brother. There is one spread that is incredible-all black with spot illustrations makes the reader feel frozen, isolated and alone in silence. Incredible.
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
More like a 4.5 stars but rounded up for good measure! It was a pleasure to read. The art was beautiful and the story only lacked on some parts because of the length. This was a whimsical story with a brave young girl for a protagonist, what more could I ask for?
Sarah Schanze
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A really good story with great art. The limited colors worked especially well since the whole story took place at night. Sometimes action panels felt a little stilted, but the characters had appealing designs and the world is interesting enough I'll have to go look for the next book.
Ann Latini
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
A great start to new graphic novel series, I am looking forward to seeing where the story goes. You want to get this from the library, it is a one sitting kinda read. My library has it shelved in Young Adult but it is definitely appropriate for 5th grade and up.
Claire (Wezet) Winternheimer
I loved the beautiful two-color art and enjoyed the world of Over the Wall, but would've like to see the story and world-building fleshed out even more. What happened to Anya's brother? Did he remember his name and get his memories back?
Some very good bones here (demons eating the names of humans, using those names as a shield against magic, being given a name, the history of the town, the ritual of the boys...), but not enough space to fully develop them.
A really fast-moving short graphic novels that works within legend/fairy tale story structure. This is an excellent choice to get a young artist's creative juices flowing. Stop after this one and have your class tell the next part of the tale!
Sweet lil read with a neat premise
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Notes for later: Strong female lead. Beautifully illustrated. Quest and rescue mission. Short story
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the art and this story was fantastic. It was a tiny bit short, and I wanted more, but I loved the characters and the demon was adorable. Yes, good.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Felt like an incomplete story. Not for me.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun, sharp comic about an abandon city and the demons who roam the streets.
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