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Feeble Wanderings

(Wet Moon #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,563 ratings  ·  162 reviews
An all-new edition of the first book in Sophie Campbell's critically acclaimed original graphic novel series, WET MOON! With brand new covers designed by cartoonist Annie Mok (Screen Tests) and special extras in the back, this edition is perfect for longtime fans and new readers alike!
Paperback, 184 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Oni Press (first published December 22nd 2004)
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Story
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It felt like I was reading about middle school kids in college student bodies putting their dysfunctional notions about how things work on full display. The art is gorgeous. The characters are whiney, unlikable, and over-dramatic. I was a goth. This was not my world.

Campbell does have an interesting degree of subtly when depicting things like why Cleo is so shy and overwhelmed around Vincent. The reader gets the impression of sexual ties and loss with nothing said, the art alone expressing it.
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Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
I have no idea where to even start with this graphic novel. It was based around a few young goth girls that were in college. Not a whole lot happened, which isn't a big deal except none of the characters were that fantastic to make this remotely enjoyable. The art is great, it's what kept me going but overall this one just wasn't for me. It seemed to go on an awful lot of stereotypes of the goth community and there was nothing really new here. I probably wouldn't personally be one to run around ...more
Michael Kucirek
Jul 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: goths, (mature) comic book readers, artists, fans of David Lynch, weird people
A Lack of a Title for a Lack of Words

I just came back from a weekend in Copenhagen. Most of the plans I’d had never came off so I ended up in my hotel room reading Wet Moon (which I had just bought by chance), a testament to the fact that adventure might as well be found in a book as on holiday. I consumed the first volume almost in one go, lying on the bed munching potato chips, totally absorbed like Trilby watching Star Trek.

I loved Cleo from the first moment, her insecure posture, her
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Christie
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I originally picked up this graphic novel because I liked the art style. The story is dark, flat and senseless. The characters are depressing, morbid and dry. All in all I’d say it’s a miss but I was left with curiosity about Cleo and her mystery guy. The rest of the characters are easily dispensable. And I absolutely hated that to be continued last illustration. Oh and Fern is a spaz.
Angela
Dec 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Ok, I just read this one again. The first time I read it was when it was brand new and Ross had just come out with it. At the time I was so in love with his art I just had to own it right away, but once I read it I kinda felt like 'nothing happened' in the book. Reading it again, I was totally wrong. On the face, not much happened physically (Cleo ran into Myrtle head first, and mostly people gossiped about other people and fought about things that seemed trivial). But yea, things did happen ...more
Cara
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
3

I mean I didn't really get it. There was so much that was just really confusing and the story didn't really flow. Like they would open up a scenario and then just abandon it and never return to it which was weird especially when some of these scene seems to have been important to the development of the story. I wish it was better than it was, classic case of the cover pulled me in and the book itself just couldn't really deliver.

I might read the next volume solely for the facts that they're
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Richard
It strikes me that of all the books I've read on Goodreads, this one has the most uniform reviews - what varies isn't really the perception of the book, but how much the style appeals to a particular individual.

The art gets three stars from me, mainly for the great character design. The storytelling is weak (Does Cleo actually leave a conversation with her friends to take off her clothes and examine her body in the bathroom mirror, then go back to them? Because that's the way it's drawn.), and
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Chrissy
I've only read up to the first two volumes. The artwork is phenomenal and that's why I gave this 3 stars. Ross Campbell draws queers in all different shapes, colors, sizes and even non-ableists. I felt like this book had great potential and it would have been great to read about the many stories by these characters could tell about themselves. However the story was non-existent. I didn't connect to the characters at all. There didn't seem to be much character development mostly because the ...more
Tina
What I did highly enjoy about this graphic novel was the artwork.
All the characters had different body types and looked refreshingly realistic.

But I honestly had no idea what was happening in this book. There was a lot of random and quite boring scenes in it that lead to nothing. Was there a plot hidden in there? There might have been. It was just too well hidden that it does not do its job of luring me in to read more.

I will look into more of Ross Campbells art, but I don't know if I will
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Nnedi
Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Complex characters and excellent art.
I was 100% satisfied with this book.
Tom Ewing
A lot of Wet Moon concerns itself with the dreariest bits of late adolescence: the pointless squabbling, the anxiety and paranoia, the sheer amount of hanging around not quite knowing what to do or who to be. This is the dark matter of youth, the bulk of it that memory makes invisible. So recapturing it makes for great drama, right? Well, not really. Much of it is just as tiresome to read as it was to live. And Goth protagonist Cleo is so awkward that the comic gets hard to parse - when a ...more
Alexander Peterhans
Liked this a lot more than I expected to. At first I wasn't a huge fan of the 'pouting doll' look of a lot of the characters, but overall the quality of the art is excellent.

I enjoyed the calm meandering of the plot, let it sort of wash over me. There are a lot of characters, but they're drawn well enough to make them distinct. There is enough 'there' here for me to want to keep reading.
Rebecca Watkins
Jan 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphics
The art was pretty, which is why I picked it up. I was disappointed in the characters and the plot. Nothing happens, and the characters just complain about their lives a lot.
Macha
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
cleo walks through a world filled with garbage. (is it really a college campus?) sometimes she's even barefoot. she feels inadequate, overwhelmed, alone, but she seldom says so, except in her journal where she's talking to herself. everyone she knows seems so self-absorbed they never notice she's drowning. yet she feels a connection to everyone around her, has a fear of losing them, because in some inarticulate way with magical thinking she's tied their fates together, tuned to a bogus fortune ...more
Kit Corcoran
I started reading this series because my boifriend has it and recommended it to me years ago, but we were missing the first volume until recently.
I don't know what to say, it's depressing and angsty and not really about anything besides some punk goth teens in their first semester of college.
I am not 8n love with the art style, and the story doesn't have much to offer yet. I will try the next book because the series is so highly rated, but so far I am totally struggling to find what people love
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Wandering Librarians
Cleo is beginning college and dealing with her two new roommates, who she's convinced hate her. Cleo and her friends deal with the daily angst or love and friendship, as someone begins spreading rumors about Cleo.

I had the same reaction to Feeble Wanderings that I had to the other graphic novel by Ross Campbell I read. Hardly anything actually happens, and I dislike every single character. I can't care about a story if I don't care about what happens to at least one of the characters. And just
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Jason
Aug 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
While I love Ross Campbell's artwork--his depiction of pseudo-goth girls is dead on--I find his story to be... boring. I find myself not caring about a single character & also find them to be complete losers. I know, I know--maybe he's writing about losers. Maybe he always intended them to be losers. Well, there's interesting losers (aka, "beautiful losers") & then there's just L-O-S-E-R-S! Boring, uninteresting, cruel, waste-of-space losers & that's what we find populating this Oni ...more
Lucy
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
This is a very slow, quiet book, told most often in facial expressions and actions instead of dialogue or narration. The mood is thick, the art is beautiful, and the characters are intriguing and more realistic than I’m used to seeing in graphic novels. They’re beautiful and quirky and fascinating.

Set in the southern town of Wet Moon, the story follows Cleo and her band of friends as they begin college. Cleo tries to adjust to her dorm room, her new roommates, and the sad slipping feeling of her
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Alex Sarll
A dumpy, nervous goth and her friends bicker, try to get dates and occasionally attend their classes...the intended vibe is presumably a darker and less kooky Blue Monday (for which someone's wearing a t-shirt in the first issue), but unlike that, or Octopus Pie, or Giant Days, the characters never quite come alive - they're not your new fictional best friends, just the people at the next table who won't shut up with their bullshit dramas. Gorgeous art, mind.
Neil Sinclair
I actually didn't really like it.

This was a tremendous surprise. Somehow it was missing something - or had to much something.



It was more "chick lit" than most stuff I read actually written by women authors.

strange.

Rena
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Re-read 6/22/17: Still enjoyable.

I loved Wet Moon, Volume 1. Something about Cleo Lovedrop speaks to me. The graphics are amazing, but the typography could be bigger. I also love how inclusive the cast is. I can't wait for Volume 2.
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Sans
Like the shelf says, this was just not my cuppa. Kinda creeped me out.
Kellee
Mar 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the art, which made it all the more unfortunate that all the characters were completely unlikable.
Danielle
Jan 09, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphicnovels, 2008
I was more a fan of the style than the content in this volume, I only got the second one because I loved the unique character style.
Aaron King
Sophie Campbell is an artist whose work I’ve admired since her work on IDW’s recent reimagining of “Jem & The Holograms” with Kelly Thompson. Certainly, the same qualities that impressed me there are on ample display in her own original graphic novel, “Wet Moon.” The diversity of body types, the posing and body language, the acting and the facial expressions throughout “Wet Moon” are a masterclass for any sequential artist, with many of the book’s wordless moments standing out as its ...more
Adrian Brown
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic
Ugh! I really wanted to like this book, to fly through this series. Now, I'm unsure if I'll even pick up the second one.

Let me start with the positive: I very much enjoy the graphic black\white\gray format; it goes well with the story. I like the artwork. The artist certainly has talent. Most importantly, the diversity of the characters is outstanding: race, body type, sexual preferences (from what I can tell), even gender presentation (or lack thereof in some cases).

Now the not so good stuff.
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Reija
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
RATING: 2,5 stars

The art is very pretty to look at.
Campbell has a very good grasp of the proportions of the human body and her art is polished and clean. Her characters stand out against the backgrounds though, which at times look too large and off scale.
She also has a tendency to draw all of her characters with the same kind of pouty lips and round eyes, which makes them look very alike, which is not good in a graphic novel series that really tries to be diverse with its cast.

The story in this
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Violetta
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Feeble Wanderings is an apt title. I reaaalllyyy wanted to like it. I guess I was hoping for an edgier story, but, sadly, there is no plot and no real character development. All we get is a bland story about slightly whiny college freshmen with a tinge of melancholy. It's not that I think college freshmen (or seniors) are mature, enlightened specimens. I went to college. I know that college students can be irritatingly immature and boring. But...this is a comic book, so I was hoping for ...more
Megan
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
2.5; This book is dripping with angst. There is not anything particular bad about that, but—the characters--besides Cleo--had underdeveloped personalities and were complete dicks, which made the angst even more unbearable than usual. I really hate Trilbey. I tried to like her, but I just could not. The art was beautiful to look at, which really saved my interested in the story. I loved the journal entries as a way of telling the story, too. That being said, the story as a whole though was just ...more
miles honey
most of my love for wet moon is nostalgia—when i was 10 or 11 i found a copy of water baby at my local library and was immediately obsessed with the art. i desperately wanted to read wet moon, but could never find a copy beyond the few pages i hunted down on deviantart. i was a super goth-wannabe kid and sophie campbell's moody-cute characters spoke to me.
10 years later i find a lot of wet moon pretty embarrassing, but that's part of it. i don't relate to any of the characters much, or find them
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