Twenty days later, and I’m only now just posting my recap for this. Ah, well.
Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1) by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata (Illustrator)
This was the first book I read for this readathon, and honestly, I’m a little disappointed. There was a lot of info-dumping–which I guess is to be expected, seeing as graphic novels must overcome the immense challenge of exposition and worldbuilding without the use of too many words–but that exposition was way too on-the-nose for me, and it really detracted from my enjoyment of the graphic novel as a whole. Also, the rules of the Death Note were difficult to follow, and I didn’t really like the art style that much. I won’t be continuing with this series.
Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening (Monstress, #1) by Marjorie M. Liu (Writer), Sana Takeda (Artist)
Out of all the graphic novels I read, this was my favorite. The art is absolutely beautiful, and the world is compelling and something I want more of. However, be warned: The artwork in is series is just as graphic and gruesome as it is lovely to look at. There’s also a fair amount of strong language, so be warned.
I did wish we had just a liiiittle more context for Maika’s situation; we get flashbacks, but I always felt like there was information I needed to better connect with the story…and I never got that info. But again, this is a graphic novel, and this is only the first volume, so perhaps the information I was looking for will appear in later volumes. But one thing’s for sure: I’ll be reading those volumes regardless!
Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 & 2 (Twilight: The Graphic Novel, #1) by Stephenie Meyer, Young Kim (Art/Adaptation)
For a graphic novel adaption, this wasn’t too bad! This is the only depiction of Edward I’ve seen where I think Bella might be right–he’s kinda cute, hehehe. Honestly, if you don’t want to read the books, and you’d rather avoid the hammy movie cast, but for some reason, you still want in on this series, read these two adaptions. They fun to look at it, and you get mostly the same story, without the torture of so many unnecessary pages.
East of West, Vol. 1: The Promise (East of West (Collected Editions) #1) by Jonathan Hickman (Writer), Nick Dragotta (Artist), Frank Martin (Colourist), Rus Wooton (Letterer)
This graphic novel was my second favorite read. While I had trouble buying the alternate history, and I wanted more backstory than I was ultimately given, I enjoyed the art, the story, and some of the quotes. I can’t find any online to share with you, but there were at least several “wow” moments for me while reading this. There’s some nudity and a little gore, but I’d recommend this as a fun, action-packed debut that blends sci-fi and Western almost seamlessly. It’s a great ride.
I didn’t get to the rest of the books on my list, but I’m proud of the ones I did make it through. This readathon was lots of fun, and it’s shown me I need to participate in more readathons in the future. Catch me next year with an even bigger pile of graphic novels; in the meantime, I’m gonna binge some of the other series I’ve been introduced to. ^_^