Comic Book Variety : Two Very Different Graphic Novels

Kim Reaper Vol.1 Grim Beginnings by Sarah Graley

‘Grim Beginnings’, despite its name, was actually a very fluffy comedy! The story is a mixture of absurd and endearing. Unfortunately, there were only hints of an overarching plot towards the very end, and the majority of the comic was quite shallow. There was no structure to the graphic novel, nor was there any climax.

The two female leads barely have any character of their own. The way they interact with each other doesn’t go any further than ‘She’s cute’. Cute is repeated over and over again a total of nine times throughout the first volume. It feels like the author is screaming at her audience that they must see that these two bland drones as cute.

The art, however, was very cute. The style matched the tone of the story and was fairly consistent. On average, there were some good expressions and at a few clever lines. I thought the stylized eyeliner was different, as were the three moles that Kim has on her cheek. The character design was perfect.

I’d recommend other works by the artist, however, the story aspect was too watered down for me to recommend this particular collection. It was funny, but not enough to compensate for poor storytelling.

Similar to The Infinite Loop.

Preorder it from Wordery Here. Released on 27/02/2018!

‘Photographic’ by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Pena

‘Photographic’ is a one of a kind merger between photography, illustration and biography and I adored it from beginning to end. The graphic novel recounts some personal and significant moments in Graciela Iturbide’s life in a connected and lyrical way.

One of the passages I enjoyed particularly was on the bold women of Juchitán. From Iturbide’s interspersed photography you can see how strong and free they feel. Their portrayal in the illustration aspect is both accurate and inspirational. You can also get a retelling of the way in which Iturbide photographs; with consent from her muses, with the patience of her tutor and with the freedom to capture what has never been captured before. The authors seek to reveal the woman behind the camera. Her unique view of what she sees is fascinating.

I loved the way the birds wove in and out of the story and connected it. I felt connected to a woman whom I have never met, and I felt connected to the people she photographed so honestly.

Black and white really do bring a sense of reality and groundedness to the photos and the muted tones of the illustration complemented and bled into them perfectly. A Flawless and creative documentation!

I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend to poetry and biography fans who wish to try something new.

Buy it now on Wordery here.

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