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“As always I know absolutely nothing about this book prior to receiving it; I often try to have a quick flick through of the titles as they come in before I file them away for later and this one really caught my eye. I have managed to restrain myself from doing any investigations into the title...”see full review » see other reviews »
“This was only my fourth graphic novel I have read ever, but when I saw the word dystopian how could I refuse?
I am really glad that I grabbed this.
I needed something new and fresh and this did the trick to get me out of a slump I was in. I thought the graphic world was vivid and realistic. I was sucked in by all the characters and kept picturing this as a movie in my head. I felt tension, greed, lust, and aggressive pour out of the graphics in his novel. I couldn't stop turning the pages and I even sucked in my breath a few times. I don't claim to be a comic expert at all--but I am finding that I appreciate the graphic novels very much when I find ones I like. I get so absorbed with the combination of past paced story and art that it is the perfect day read when I need something different in my reading palette.
If you are into graphic novels I highly recommend this one! It will leave you on the edge of your seat and begging for more!
*I received a copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*”
“As always I know absolutely nothing about this book prior to receiving it; I often try to have a quick flick through of the titles as they come in before I file them away for later and this one really caught my eye. I have managed to restrain myself from doing any investigations into the title despite my interest and I am very glad I did because this comic feels like one big mystery. The comic starts out with a very cold opening as a young woman is brutally gunned down by three men. It is very strange as you read it because it becomes clear that contrary to what the page is showing, she is clearly alive and describing in graphic terms what is happening to her. Even to the point of her apparent death all she is doing is describing the mechanics of what her body is going through. The cold spoken explanation stops as she rises from the ground and for five graphic pages brutally takes her revenge.
The art in this comic is of a style that I generally do not like, it is scratchy and heavily inked with black being the shading rather than darker colour. But this art team deserve so much credit because even at a distance when the details become less defined you can see exactly who everyone is. A lot of thought has been put into the characters silhouettes so that with this heavy shading style you can pick them out even in a small crowded panel. It is masterfully done because this is not a superhero comic where every character can be immediately identified because of their garish costume colours; these people are wearing blacks, greys and whites in similar styles. There is barely any colour in the comic except for the mood lighting distinguishing different areas. Some labs have a green glow from the monitors; when outside it appears to be permanent sunrise or set with a sickly yellow tint to everything natural. The only true colours shown in the comic are digital monitors which show vibrant often blue colourings and the blood which is a dark crimson red. There is a fair amount of blood in this comic, but it is not gratuitous, but I would not recommend the blood for children; it gets a definite ‘teen’ rating from me.
Unlike a few other trades I have reviewed which seemed to go on forever, I was still trying to scroll down when the comic ended not noticing that I had reached the end page. I actually swore at the computer when I realised that they were leaving it on that strong a dramatic reveal. A brilliant book, with wonderful planned slow release storytelling, art that fits perfectly with the subject matter and one that I will be definitely looking out for the next part of the story. If I had a big sticker saying ‘Recommendation of the month’ then I would be putting it on this comic without a moment’s hesitation.”