It’s been a LONG while since I’ve reviewed some of the Graphic Novels I’ve read. And unfortunately I haven’t read that many this year but here’s a short list of the three I have read.
#1 Username Evie by Joe Sugg
I’m sure 95% of you are aware of who Joe Sugg is but for those who aren’t- he is a youtuber and like every other youtuber he too has written a book. I’m giggling because anyone who’s followed us long enough can probably hear the rant coming.
Well before I do rant, let me mention that I tried reading Girl Online by his sister Zoe Sugg. Keyword: TRIED. It was awful but I’m never reviewing it because there are some books that I can hate review and some books that I just cannot because WOW WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN?
This is one of those books too, but here’s my trying to attempt a review anyway.
In Joe Sugg’s Graphic Novel, that I finished within 10 minutes (so I’m super glad that I borrowed instead of buying), you have a stereotyped nerd girl who everyone hates and who wishes to escape to a better world, popular jerk couple, nerd guy with acne who loves nerd girl but obviously she can’t see that, and of course let’s not forget the DEAD PARENTS because what do you mean YA can have PARENTS IN IT???
CONS: WHERE WAS THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT? She was a different person at the end but I couldn’t see it anywhere?? THERE WERE SO MANY LOOPHOLES IN THE SCI-FI-UNIVERSE-INSIDE-COMPUTER CRAP THAT I CAN’T EVEN BEGIN TO EXPLAIN. The graphic design gave me diarrhoea and there was literally zero continuity in the comic panels.
Also, the end was shit and I CANNOT BELIEVE THERE IS A PART 2 AND I FEEL SO BAD FOR ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PAID 99 BUCKS FOR THIS CRAP.
RECOMMENDATION: DON’T READ IT, DON’T TOUCH IT, BURN THE HEART OUT OF IT!
#2 Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
This was a graphic novel my sister had purchased last year at a book festival because it just looked so pretty and let me tell you that the story does not disappoint. It’s a middle-grade fantasy comic series about a girl and her brother who lost their dad in a car accident, move to their grandad’s house and discover a hidden doorway to another world.
PROS: Beautiful designs. I’m absolutely in LOVE with the artwork. The plot is super unique and I love the humour. Even though it’s a middle-grade novel, the messages it passes on about racism, power, equality, morality, friendship and so much more is just phenomenal. It really reminded me of Avatar: The Last Airbender in the way that it handled all of these topics so well.
CONS: At some points, it got a bit slow and the story felt slightly dragged but since it’s a graphic novel, it hardly made a huge difference.
RECOMMENDATION: Anyone who wants to read a meaningful yet entertaining graphic novel.
The first 7 books in this series are already out and I cannot wait for the last two to release.
#3 Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Literally, everyone knows about this series so I don’t even know why I decided to review it but here is me after reading the first 8 issues:
PROS: Absolutely beautiful artwork by Fiona Staples. She has just made every moment worth remembering. I mean hell yeah the plot of this series is one of the most amazing ones I’ve ever read but without her artwork, it would’ve been lacking.
The characters I fell in love with on THE FIRST PAGE because dang it! They are just that good. I’ve adopted all of them and they are now my children and if anything happens to them blood will be spilt.
The graphic novel doesn’t shy away from many adult scenes SO DEFINITELY ONLY FOR GROWN UPS. TRUST ME THERE ARE SCARRING THINGS IN THERE.
CONS: I literally cannot think of anything I didn’t like in this book.
RECOMMENDATION: ALL humans and aliens.
And that marks the end of my mini review. Do let me know you’re thoughts down in the comments if you’ve read any of these, and if not then don’t shy away from recommending me some of your favourite comics/graphic novels
Lots of love and Moonlight,