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Book Review: Graphic Novels #2

* I have received an eARCs of these graphic novels in exchange for an honest review via netgalley. This in no way affects my review *

Graphic Novel Review #1:

Faith (Faith, #1)Title: Faith #1, #2
Author: Jody Houser
Source: NetGalley 
Publisher: Valiant Comics
Rating: 4/5 stars






Book Review:

          When I first heard about this comic book series, I knew that it was one that I needed to read because the fact that it was an overweight female superhero. Both these concepts are rare, I mean the female superhero is on the rise but I don't know about you, I have never read about an overweight superhero and I commend the writers and illustrators of the comic for including it in the story. Even more condemned however is the fact that her weight is not mentioned and does not hinder her in any way to complete her missions. Although I condemn this highly, I do think that her outfit was somewhat unflattering in the illustrations and that it could have been drawn in a better way but this was only a minor issue that I had with the comic. 
          I did like the plot of the comic and from the first two that I read from NetGalley both had a contained story and a broader arc which I did enjoy and would be interested in seeing where the overarching narrative would pan out. I often thought, however, the contained stories, especially with Faith's secret identity, were kind of pointless as they were often just her own thoughts rather than adding to the plot. This meant that I did not really care about her co-workers with the lack of development there. The end of the issues was quite good, leaving big cliffhangers at the end quite did make me want to continue reading.
          The illustrations were OK, I don't think that they were anything special and I did not really love how people were illustrated in the issues, however, the city scenes and just other aspects of the graphic novel were well drawn and I enjoyed them. 

The Verdict:

Faith is an enjoyable comic book series that is interesting and fresh in a world where there are many graphic novels to pick from. This one is worth the read although it has some minor flaws.

Graphic Novel Review #2:

Camp MidnightTitle: Camp Midnight 
Source: NetGalley 
Publisher: Image Comics
Rating: 5/5 stars







Book Review:

          So after reading an extract from this graphic novel for free comic book day, I knew that this would have to be one that I had to pick up and when I saw it on NetGalley, I was over the moon and knew that I had to request it so I did.
          The plot of Camp Midnight follows Skye, a normal, human teenage girl who is sent to a summer camp for "monsters." This makes for an enjoyable plot that has a lot of humour and makes this an easy read. This definitely kept me entertained as I have not read a lot of MG type comics so this definitely surpassed the expectations that I had. I also liked that the plot of this was much more than what was stated, being a more complex, exploring issues of what it means to be your true self. This was definitely an aspect that was not expected however it was something that I enjoyed as it was different to other graphic novels that I have read. It also gives the children or younger people who read this something to take away from the book.
            The illustrations were also a great part of this graphic novel often being quite bold with the colours used and using the panels that you normally see in the graphic novel. This creative use of panels was something that added to the graphic novel and did make it more unique. I also really liked the art style because although you can argue that it was meant for a younger audience it was still incredibly well-drawn. I also liked the use of colour as it was used in a way that reflects the emotions of Skye which is something I have not seen before.
            All the character in this graphic novel were an important part of it often carrying the story. This being said, I really enjoyed the characters of Skye and Mia as they were both very interesting characters and it was nice to see the development of the characters over the course of the novel and how they changed. This was reinforced by the relationship between the two as it was definitely nice to see a strong female friendship being formed. The side characters were also really important and added to the overall feel of the novel.

The Verdict:

Camp Midnight is a really enjoyable graphic novel which should be read by adults and children alike.


Have you read these graphic novels? What did you think of them, leave this in the comment below. 

See you soon, 

Amy

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