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This wordless comic book follows the exploits of a backpack-toting adventurer in a quest to find a mysterious treasure. Framed in black, the illustrations offer delightful bursts of color and are sure to entertain readers of any age.
114 pages
Published 2015 by Adarna House, Inc
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Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first silent comic. Didn't even know they exist. More of a picture book, really. Unusual page layout. Some black and white pages, some pages are with vibrant line art in primary colours on black backgrounds.

Our little hero strongly reminded me of the Moomins.

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He has a sword and a map and is off on a quest! He makes a friend, gets chased by monsters and meets many strange creatures...

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Our two little main characters are quite
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ARC: Via Netgalley
This is actually quite a charming little picture graphic novel. There is no text, just pictures, but the action is easy to follow.

The story concerns a creature that reminds one of Bone and his or her quest to find gems. These gems will restore color. The hero (and I am using this as a gender neutral term) eventually gains a partner, a character who reminds one of those ink blot characters that pop up in animation every so often. The quest takes them into the deep and dark cav
Anusha Narasimhan
This is such an adorable book. I didn't know about the existence of silent comics, so it was cool to experience it. Surprisingly, the lack of words does not make it hard to understand the plot. The characters are so cute and the art is beautiful. I enjoyed reading (viewing?) it.

Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. The review and rating are not influenced in any way.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Magnetic Press and Buno Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Now for years, I had read many graphic novels that would have written dialogues from the characters to help us understand the story being told in the comics. However, even though I had read many children’s books that had no text and the story was being told through the artwork, I had never read a graphic novel that did not have any dia
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A small explorer ventures into a dark cave system, seeking treasure. With never a word – not spoken, not written, not necessary – he (he?) discovers a friend, a treasure, and still more adventure, all illustrated in dense black and stark white with only strategic splashes of color. It's lovely "silent" story-telling with seemingly simple artwork, conveying all that could be asked of the personalities of the main character and those he encounters. The little hero is almost featureless, but expres ...more
Magda Żmijan
The most adorable novel I've read in a very long time.
Well, saying "read" might be an exaggeration, but the whole experience was lovely and heart-warming.

A bit of an update :)

"Light" is a lovely adventure story about a little guy who journeys to find these little crystals his map shows. There will be monsters, friendship, unexpected meetings and a journey. Sort of like Hobbit, but cuter and with fewer dwarves ;). Just kidding here.

Let me just tell you one thing: this book is freaking ADORABLE!
Neil (or bleed)
Beautiful illustrations! I like it!
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
The story itself is charming but rather cliche and predictable. However, I see this more as an exploration of the medium that is "silent/wordless comics," and should be reviewed as such. Telling stories purely visually without words or even motion, just still images, is very interesting. The way that Rob Cham framed and sequenced each page was good. Though personally, I thought the flow could have been better. I guess, in terms of the story and structure, I was just a little underwhelmed.

The ill
*An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

2.5 stars.

While it was somewhat cute, mostly entirely due to the characters' expressions, it didn't really satisfy. The story panels did a decent job at telling the story, and I liked that it was wordless, but I really would have liked some more idea of what was taking place through panels that flowed into one another. Some of the panels seemed to jump from one to the next without much idea of what
Isa Lavinia
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was so absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
The artwork was amazing - the way Cham used light and shadow... it was breathtaking!
I'm definitely looking forward to more from Cham!

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

In a world without colour a little guy (or girl, but I see it more as a guy) goes on a journey to find several shiny, colourful crystals. What will happen when he gathers them all?

I was immediately interested in this one when I spotted it at Netgalley. I am all for quests, I love playing RPGs and this one reminded me of just that.

The story is told entirely through the illustrations. Each page is one illustration. There are no vo
Jedi JC Daquis
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Light, with its obvious inspirations from Bone (but without words), bit of Adventure Time and dungeon-cave fantasy RPGs coupled with Rob Cham's art in pitch black background gives this little book its own unique charm.

Light's nameless protagonist travels to a cave, among other places for a mission which is not yet revealed until near a halfway read, from which the result of a successful quest is not revealed until the very end of the book. Thus the story itself is a template of most role playing
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, comic
​I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange with an honest review.

This is my very first silent comic, and I wasn't disappointed !

I fell in love with the illustration work. This comic shows how a picture is worth a thousand words.The color switching from one contrast to another , was highly appreciated. I highly recommend swapping instantaneously through such pages , to enjoy a short stop motion animation.

I wish I understood why he killed a lot, or what lead to having
Hala Salah
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was perfection!
This was my first silent comic "To be honest I didn't know they existed" and the illustration was amazing. Some of the pages were black and white and some with amazing colors.
I ended this in 10 minutes because it was very simple but I felt like I needed more from the story
The ending wasn't satisfying but over all, It was amazing story and the artist did a great job.
Ije the Devourer of Books
Light is an interesting comic about a creature who sets out on a quest. As we follow the creature through the adventures we get to see all that s/he has to endure in order to achieve the aims of the quest.

The book is wordless and so the story is told through the pictures alone. I don't generally read wordless graphic novels but I found the experience very different to stories with text because I really had to pay attention to the drawings in order to figure out what was actually happening.

The p
Rowan MacBean
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, ya-mg-na-kids
I received LIGHT as an ARC from

LIGHT is a graphic novel in the truest sense; it is entirely pictures. There are actually a speech bubble or two with just "?" or "!" in them, and there are a couple of sounds--a "pop" and a "yoink"--but other than that the story is told completely through pictures.

The art is deceptively simple (it looks easy but *I* certainly couldn't draw it) and very expressive; the story doesn't need any words. I would love to see LIGHT as a short film (as long
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Cat (cat-thecatlady)
I picked this on a whim from net galley because the cover was absolutely gorgeous. and so is what's inside.

this is my first silent graphic novel and, besides my ok rating, I liked it. but, when words fail, image has to prevail. and at times I felt like there was some images missing between actions, to get the full extent of the moments of the story (which I'm not sure I completely did). but the art is gorgeous: the use of colour and black and white is so perfectly explored. will pick more title
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This story was sweet and cute and the illustrations were absolutely beautiful. The story is about someone living in a black and white world going on a journey to find gems that will bring colour to their world. This was a quick read and while the storyline was a bit predictable, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The transition between the different illustrations is sometimes rather abrupt, but I was still able to follow the story. The last full colour illustration makes me really curious about seeing mor ...more
Becca Gallacher
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel is so wonderful. The illustration is absolutely beautiful; the colours against the black backdrop looks stunning and I love that the more you look, the more you see.
The two little characters are just adorable, they're tiny and fearless taking on giant creatures.
Light was the first silent story I've read and to be honest, it made me want to read a whole lot more. I can't praise this enough, I would recommend it to absolutely everyone!
Ronie Padao
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've read it like I was just watching an animated movie!!! ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful world-less comic book that should be made into a video game. I am so glad books like these are getting published in the country today.
Amit Verma
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
.It is a silent comic. Silent only to say it. Every Page is full of conversation. You see the illustrations and they convey message without a single word.
It is very adorable story about two little explorers.
They enter a wonderful world and face every threat head on to finally grasp the treasure.
It is funny at so many points which is very difficult to be in a silent comic.
I liked art by author and wish to delve in his other works.
If you are looking for novelty and ate bored of tightly packed long
Erin Kelly
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful silent comic with unique illustrations. High-quality. I picked this up at Baltimore Comic-Con, and I'm so glad I did! ...more
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so cute and beautiful!
Dessa Mae
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Adventure Time
Come on grab your friends
well go to very distant lands..."

"Light" reminded me of the cartoon Adventure Time. The hero went on a quest to find gems and along the way, he (or she?) met a friend. Together (like Finn and Jake from Adventure time), they escaped or fought against monstrous creatures and found the gems which in the end gave color to the once black and white world they were living in.

It was a quick read (since I don't have to read anything, just look at the pictures) an
Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)
Light by Rob Cham is probably one of the most beautiful graphic novels I've ever read!

The novel is an adventure story in which we follow our hero on a journey to make the world colourful again. With only one fire torch, we will travel trough dangerous corridors, meeting strange creatures, enemies or allies, all that in order to find five magical gems.

Light is a silent novel, so it doesn't have a usual storyline and dialogues, but the story is very easy to follow and understandable. It was my fir
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.

Ten Second Synopsis:
An adventurer sets off on a quest only to discover that his (her) goal may not be what he (she?) expected.

Wordless picture books, or wordless graphic novels, can be a tricky subgenre to connect with. Sometimes the reading experience is profound or hugely memorable, while other times you can get to the end of the book and think, "What on earth was that about?!" I am pleased to report that Light sits neatly in the
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Created by Rob Cham, an indie Pinoy artist, THIS IS A COMIC YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY BUY.

Light is a new breed of Pinoy comics, breaking free from the usual four-sided panels in the usually 6" x 8" sized local comic books. This comic caught my eye when I was walking around NBS, with its square (6" x 6") size and its monochromatic exterior. Avoiding to judge a book by its cover, I picked it up and quickly browsed through the pages - there was not a single speech bubble in sight AND the pages mostly
Wayne McCoy
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Light by Rob Cham is a wordless comic. The book features some surprises along the way, and I liked it.

A lone character sets out on an adventure. When he is dumped into a below ground cavern, he finds a gem. This is the first of several he is trying to collect. He meets some friends that will help him, but he also meet some foes that are not happy about him taking the gems. There are giant bats and frogs and creatures I can't describe. Telling much more might give some things away, so I'll stop
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Rob Cham is a freelance illustrator, designer, and comic artist who's done illustration works for notable publications and magazines like Rouge, Smile, Esquire, the Philippine Star. He has also worked with brands like McDonald's and Adidas. Cham has also worked with various government agencies, namely the Department of Social Welfare and Development as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs. ...more

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