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Review: Uglies: Shay’s Story

Uglies: Shay's Story
Uglies: Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. Not only that, I want to read more of the story. I may have to track down the novels that make up the rest of the series just to get the other pieces. The part that has me baffled is that the volume ended with a clear “to be continued” notation in the final panel.

One thing that struck me as odd was that the volume was presented very much as manga rather than the style of art that we are used to seeing in American comics and graphic novels. I don’t mind, and actually find it rather refreshing to see that style being used. It actually lends itself rather well to this story as well, making it clearly a better choice than some of the alternatives.

Now…now I need to find out whether there will be another graphic novel so that I can try to track it down…

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Review: Runaways, Volume 5: Escape to New York

Runaways, Volume 5: Escape to New York
Runaways, Volume 5: Escape to New York by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like the change in art style. This feels very Manga, which is something you don’t see very often in American comics. Unfortunately the artwork went down a hole in the final chapter of the volume, and the artist on staff for that chapter may need some psychiatric therapy with what I saw of the work that was presented. Honestly, why do some artists insist on adding their own “flair” to established characters and simply destroying any credibility and respect for the characters that prior artists may have already lent to a project? The quirky, twisty look like this artist used does nothing but drive me away from perfectly good writing. I can only hope that the artist was a one-shot and we have some real talent returning in the next volume. If I wanted to see artwork like this I would watch Nickelodeon. What’s worse is that the writer seems to have fallen down the same hole as the artist in this last chapter. An otherwise excellent volume spoiled by the final chapter which left a very nasty taste in my mouth. I sincerely hope that the next volume improves on this travesty or I may simply stop working my way through the series.

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