Book Reviews: Graphic Novels #1
Author: Russell Brettholtz
Publisher: Magnetic Press Inc.Rating: 2/5 stars
Graphic Novel Review Summary:
|I thought I would really like this comic, it is one that I thought would interest me, being the premise was about trying to find sidekicks, and this is something I should enjoy being that I like books or graphic novels that do not focus on the chosen one however this one was not for me. I did not feel engaged with the story that after 10 pages, I did just want it to be finished. This being the case I did end up stopping at after this. The artwork also was not to my taste as well and I thought that it was quite normal and did not stand out. As I have been reading more graphic novels as of late this one was average and did not stand out from the crowd.|
Author: Neil Gibson and Dan Watters
Rating: 4/5 stars
Graphic Novel Review Summary:
Tortured Life is about Richard who after having a completely normal life discovers that he can see when things die. This starts off with seeing the deaths of animals but expands to seeing the deaths of people including himself. Richard is then forced into this world which will change the way he lives. The plot to this graphic novel really surprised me as I don't normally read that much horror but I really enjoyed this one. It was fast-paced and some parts kept me on the edge on my seat and I did just want to find out what happened next.. The settings was also a nice one for me as I live near London and it was nice to see places that I recognised while reading it. The plot was definitely interesting and kept me engaged.
I also enjoyed the characters in the novel and that were enjoyable and the were quite developed it ways although Richard can be seen as a quite normal in terms of characters and was not special.
The artwork was also really nice in my opinion and I really did enjoy it especially with the contrast to the people being dead in contrast to be alive. The colours used were also quite nice in the novel.
Overall, Tortured Life is an enjoyable graphic novel that I would recommend for fans of horror novels.
Death Vigil follows Bernie who is a leader of a group of warriors whose enemy is the necromancers. On her death, Clara gets offers a choice to join the Death Vigil or to die. It is here the story progressing into a fast-paced adventure with plot twists that you will not see coming.Overall, Death Vigil is one of my favourite graphic novels that I read this year, it has such a massive world which is detailed and well explored and it is fast-paced and has really lovable characters and the artwork was very well done. It is probably really easy to get bored of the story if you do not like however this is not the case with me. The graphic novel itself is over 280 pages which mean that it is a lot of material to read which I really enjoyed and it expanded the graphic novel world a lot which I loved.
The plot of the graphic novel is really fast-paced and was unexpected which I really loved and found really interested. The beginning of the story left me hooked from the start, as we are already introduced to the world and it gives us the backstory to characters. The plot goes from one interesting plot point to another which leaves you becoming invested in the story and not being bored. The plot itself involves two points of view in the story which again keeps you involved in the story. The ending is also full of plot twists that I did not see coming. Overall, the plot is fast-paced and high enjoyable.
Overall, the characters are really enjoyable and highly likeable. All the characters are developed especially Bernie, Sam and Clara who are the most developed and my favourite characters. The relationship between characters are also interesting to read about especially that of Bernie and Sam and Sam and Clara which well-developed and nice especially to have in graphic novels.
Overall, the artwork in the graphic novel was really interesting and I really enjoyed it however I did have some problems with it. This is more with the layout as the frames were often quite full with lots of dialogue which was quite tedious at times as it made it fill really long to read however the graphic novel was over 200 pages so this could mean that they did want to save pages however I am not sure this really worked for me.
Overall, Death Vigil was a really enjoyable graphic novel which I recommend for anyone who loves fantasy. It is also a graphic novel that I will happily continue with this graphic novel series.
Have you read any of these graphic novels? If so what did you think of them? Leave them in the comments below.
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