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Hinges: Book One: Clockwork City

(Hinges #1)

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  390 ratings  ·  105 reviews
HINGES is a fantasy webcomic, turned graphic novel, about a doll named Orio and her troubling companion Bauble. New to the city of Cobble, Orio must depend on help where ever she can find it, but her assigned familiar Bauble has other interests. And as the two explore the walls of their city, they find that they are not the only new arrivals. In a place that runs like cloc ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Image Comics (first published January 1st 2015)
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Cristina Monica
Well… this was a peculiar steam punk story.

I try to avoid web comics, because the art style doesn’t always appeal to me but, since this was turned into a graphic novel, I wanted to give it a try.

And I’m glad I did.

This is the story of a girl named Orio who finds an usual Odd (clockwork pet). She wants to become a mender and repair animals, I assume, but the position isn’t granted to her. In truth, the story is, like I said… strange. There are so many unanswered questions and I could see that the
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
A graphic novel about a doll named Orio and her familiar Bauble. Usually it's the doll that picks it's familiar, but this time it's the familiar that picks the doll...

What an odd graphic novel, I really wanted to like it and I was in the beginning intrigued about the story then just the story became a bit confusing. Orio is suppose to find herself an occupation, but Bauble ruins it for her all the time and then something else shows up in the Clockword city.

I actually found the ending a bit confu
Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
3.5 stars

This webcomic turned graphic novel is strange, veeeery strange.

It focuses on a doll named Orio and her Odd, Bauble. Unusually, there is hardly any dialogue so you really have to focus on the illustrations in order to glean what is actually happening in the story. I have to admit that, at times, I was utterly confused. The scenes don't all link together and seem to miss out bits in-between which didn't help.

We don't really find out what an Odd is, or what it's purpose is in the story.
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Delightful and well thought out. A little light on dialogue and plot, but I feel it has the potential to build itself into something rather unique and beautiful. Also the pacing of the overall arc didn't feel rushed in the least, something that I think will make this patchworks comic a great ongoing series. I feel as if there is a lot more to discover about the clockwork city.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an interesting, beautiful, and bizarre story. It's so minimal, and yet, the world feels so vast, HINGES: CLOCKWORK CITY may end up being the most peculiar book I read this year.

The main character is a doll who rarely speaks named Orio and her mischievous companion Bauble. Although Orio doesn't talk, her fears, nervousness, and intrigue is very palpable throughout the pages, and I really appreciated that.

I loved the artwork and how subdued it felt. It was almost peaceful even when there wa
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
if you pointed a gun to my head and told me to explain this comic i would literally just die.
and i really can't explain why i loved this so much, either. all i can say it's that it's just so freaking beautiful. most panels don't have dialogue or narration in them, just breathtaking, gorgeous art that explores this fictional world perfectly. mcclaren's style is so defined and convincing. she does such a wonderful job conveying emotion in the expressions of the characters... and it's so weird and
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
My thoughts on this first volume could be summarised as such: very interesting premise, rather peculiar art style, kind of confusing story at times, very beautiful and mysterious atmosphere.

Looking forward to see where the story goes in the second one.
Elizabeth (Elzburg)
2.5 stars, maybe 3
(A thanks to Diamond Book Publishers for sending me this.)

Okay let's cut right to the chase.

It was kinda interesting, but a lot of times it was quite hard to follow. There were a lot of close ups that I had to look long and hard at before I understood what the heck was being depicted. Even just in general, whenever a character was doing something it was quite difficult to follow. After a few panels I would be able to get the gist of what characters were doing, but I couldn't ge
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hinges is a webcomic that, thanks to a Kickstarter, is now collected here.

There is an manga feel to McClaren's art--the obvious being the large eyes and slim bodies, but also in the stark black and white and the shades of gray, and in the silence of many of the panels. This is what drew me to the book. I am fond of graphic novels that do not rely on words so much to tell their story, and I like artists who can be powerfully expressive through monotones. McClaren's art is "cute," but you can't g
Maxine Marsh
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it

I liked this graphic novel. The artwork and the story were well in synch. The expressions on Orio's face are simply rendered, yet somehow endearing. The panels are simple, silent, with minimal dialogue.

Orio is a new 'citizen' to a small town of seemingly totally animatronic 'people.' Bauble is her mischevious "Odd" (animal-like/dollish companion who keeps her company). The affection between them is sweet. I only wish I knew more about the world they inhabit, but this was pretty well done for t
Ken Yuen
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty and very minimal dialoguewise. Not totally sure what's going on, but it's a neat world that's been made.
Ambs ❤❤
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed the artwork, it was simple with a limited color pallet, but I think that is the artistic appeal. The characters were beautifully drawn and I enjoyed their facial expressions. As for the story, it was interesting enough, however, I feel it is more of an introduction. I was left wanting to know what happened next, and depending on the next in the series, my rating could go up. I was hoping for a
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Hinges is a very interesting and different comic - a little like manga actually. The main character is a doll named Orio, who gets to choose a toy companion to aid her. She ends up with Bauble and all the toys are very much alive. Bauble just isn't your typical companion and Orio gets in trouble of course and overall the city that works like a clockwork is very strange too. This first volume basically introduces us Orio and how she and Bauble try to work together in a sense. I really like how mo ...more
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is an abject lesson in any comic artist planning a wordless issue or more – make sure the artwork is up to it first. On this occasion, so often is the scale distorted and the line just too odd for us to make anything out, that the wordless approach does not really help understanding. This is a particularly odd world, too – one where a new young girl in town is named after a patchy engraving, told to get a familiar, and is allowed a companion with which to choose a job – only this time the c ...more
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fiction
At first I didn't get it because it had so little dialogue and I usually pay more attention to text. But in this case it forces you to read the images and find their meaning yourself, like a puzzle. I liked it a lot.
Mar 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Just couldn't get into this E for everyone book. Are they doll people? No real story, as it's mostly told through pictures.
Tyler Kroon
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Steampunk comic following a clockwork girl as she befriends a creature and takes it on as her familiar, then tries to discover her role in her clockwork town. Artwork was lovely, I was just confused by the plot and wish the world building was a bit more detailed.
Not as good as I hoped it to be. :'(
Eric Mesa
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Although Hinges began as a web comic, I was not familiar with the story prior to reading this book. What attracted me to this book was the interesting cover and interesting art style. The decompressed storytelling style has been in vogue for about ten years now. While many different writers (such as Brian Michael Bendis) in the commercial world are responsible for spearheading the idea at the idea at the big publishers, two different trends have lead to readers becoming familiar with the idea: m ...more
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I was confused but in a good way
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, arc
Hinges Book One: Clockwork City was first serialised on the author's blog, Hinges.  This publication compiles the first book in the series, where some boards have been revised and improved.

This is one of those works that need to be read twice to be fully comprehended and appreciated.  The artwork is beautiful, but as the author builds up the tension in the story, some boards are quite difficult to understand without knowing what you are meant to be seeing, which unfortunately makes this work rat
Skye Kilaen
Orio, a living marionette, is born in a city called Cobble. Cobble has a well-organized process for assimilating new citizens, providing them with clothing and job-hunting assistance… as well as an “odd,” which is something like a pet, but which goes with you everywhere. Orio ends up with a feisty cat-type thing named Bauble.

Bauble seems bent on sabotaging Orio’s chances of fitting in, and possibly even surviving. With her odd sabotaging job after job, Orio’s at risk of alienating everyone in to
Taylor Knight
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this graphic novel so much! It was so interesting and fun. The artwork was beautiful. I really liked Orio but Bauble was so awesome! He was so cute and funny. Hinges reminds me of Lilo and Stitch in a way.

The concept is so cool and different. I like that Orio is a doll. It’s just so awesome and interesting.

This isn’t a very large graphic novel, only 112 pages, and it does feel a little too short. There isn’t a lot of dialogue so it’s a really quick read. I wish I could have spent an hour
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is technically a reread of chapters 1 through 4 for me.

There are a lot of things that I'm catching this time around that I missed entirely in the original web version. I'm not sure if that's because this is a second read or because it's a physical copy.

Hinges as beautiful artwork and a muted color scheme that matches the slow-paced, largely understated narrative style. Expressions and emotions are McClaren's specialty, and that really shines in this first volume.

It's a very quick read, as l
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this as a webcomic. And damn, it's good. The dialogue is very sparse, but when it's there, it's great, laying out information in an interesting manner and highlighting the personalities of the characters. The story is very strange, and the reader learns about the world as Orio does. McClaren doesn't trust the readers' hands, trusting in our intelligence and our ability to follow along.

But the real draw is the art. The art is gorgeous. Absolutely stunning. Just some amazing stuff. Pretty,
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
HINGES is a wild mixture of pinocchio, pokemon and jungle book. Sort of. I think it is quite interesting how the main character is totally passive and doesn't speak a word until the end of the book. I really liked how McClaren plays with colors depending on the mood of the story. So far, the story is a bit of a mystery to me, because there isn't a lot of explanation going on. Things just happen. So you follow Orio and her Odd Bauble around the city of Cobble as she stumbles towards the events. I ...more
This was curiously hard to get a handle on. I liked the artwork, but I found the story impossible to follow. Maybe I'm just having a bad day.
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I really liked the artwork and the spirit of this one. I can't say I followed it 100% because some of the panels were pretty abstract. I'm curious enough to continue the story.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, comics
Odd, but pretty. The world itself looks interesting, but with so little dialog, and no narration, I still know very little about this world.
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Meredith McClaren is an illustrator and cartoonist who has no business doing either.

She sometimes entertains the idea of drawing the fourth book in Jen Van Meter’s Hopeless Savages series. And her journal comic Scraps indulges her closeted narcissism.

Supposedly she has a postal code in Arizona, but really, she could be anywhere.

And don’t touch her stuff.

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