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Jax Epoch And The Quicken Forbidden Volume 1: Borrowed Magic
Disappointed with the life around her, teenager Jacqueline "Jax" Epoch, accidentally winds up falling through the Realmsend, a passageway into a different dimension. Expecting a lush, fantasy world, she instead finds a barren plain, devoid of the magic she's dreamed of. When she returns home she finds that everything that was magic in the other realm has leaked into her ow ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published May 19th 2003 by AiT/PlanetLar
(first published 2003)
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I didn't really care for John Green's artwork, but the story was interesting, if a bit chaotic. It seemed like the writer was trying for a modern "Alice in Wonderland", and to that extent it worked. The dreamlike strangeness made it difficult to follow in some places, though, and there was no payoff for the some of the plotlines, which was frustrating. As with Alice, we're so busy watching her cope with her surroundings that we never learn enough about Jax.
While I was underwhelmed at first with this--based on the extremely cool description, I'd thought it might be funnier, more creative, just more out there--it's growing on me, especially as the levels of violence and confusion increase. It's too early to tell yet whether this whole parallel universe device will pay off. It may end up just being a way to get out of having a more continuous narrative. The art's not what I would like, and it doesn't seem to jive with the story. I don't think that's ...more
This was the first compilation of the Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden comics, and if this is any indication, this was a fun series...for the 90s. It is very dated, and while the artwork is enjoyable, it is also uneven at times.
Dave Roman is the author of several graphic novels including Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity, Teen Boat!, Jax Epoch, and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories to Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, Nursery Rhyme Comics, and is the co-author of two New York Times bestselling graphic novels, X-Men: Misfits and The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story. Roman is a graduate of the School of ...more
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