Graphic Novels’ Mini Reviews


Hey guys!

I’ve had some graphic novels reviews unpublished for quite a while. Mainly because my reviews on them tend to be on the short side, so I decided to compile some into one post. I didn’t really have enough to make a theme, so these are just some random ones…

I will be reviewing:

  • Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang
  • Amulet (Vol-1-7) by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
*Hope you guys enjoy it!*

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20575446Real Life

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer–a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

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I knew nothing about this book when I first started it, other than that the cover looks absolutely gorgeous and being sick, I was in a mood for graphic novels.

This ended up being much more than what I imagined tho. I was already enjoying the fact that the book was about gaming (even tho I’m far from being a gamer, I just found super endearing to read about it!) but there were a lot of important topics in it too! This book touches topics like bullying, health, feminism, … some in a briefer manner than others.

It’s quite a short graphic novel and I wished it was longer, with more depth it would have been perfect. Some topics were just lightly touched and I just really wanted more. But what it did contain was great nonetheless.

The characters in this books are amazing, especially the main character, who is completely different from what we generally see nowadays. She was just a normal geeky girl and I loved her! I also absolutely loved her family and the game community. There’s so much more to it than meets the eye. It’s sometimes hard to remember that each tiny little character has a real person behind, just like ourselves… And this book showed that perfectly!

It was overall a very interesting and fun read, with amazing art and full of color!!

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Amulet 9781338045642

Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a giant robot—and two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission.
After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.
Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.

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I didn’t really know what to expect when I started this book, but I was a bit afraid it was going to be too childish, so it really surprised how much I was interested in the story.

Basically, the story is about Emily who becomes a stone keeper. Her family and the new world she discovered is in danger and she is one of the few that has the power to save it.

The characters are really interesting and cute and as a middle-grade book, there’s a big emphasis on the importance of family, which although common, I really enjoyed. It’s quite a dark graphic novel, which I wasn’t expecting but I loved! It felt a bit rushed at some moments, but the volumes gradually got better. My favorite was for sure Vol.5 and in my opinion, the first 3 volumes were the slowest and less interesting of them all. they really do get a lot better and gripping.

Plus the art is really simple in terms of characters but the world parts are really amazing and detailed which makes it quite interesting! It’s in general a fun and interesting read.

*Also there’s a new vol. coming out September 25th, 2018!*

For a bit more on each novel – see my Goodreads reviews here: #1, #2#3, #4, #5, #6#7

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie Comics’ latest horror sensation starts here! For TEEN+ readers. Compiles the first six issues of the ongoing comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

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This was a tough one… The thing is, Sabrina the Teenage Witch is one of my favorite TV shows ever, I’ve seen the whole thing around 7 to 8 times already and believe me, it’s slightly big and I already know everything there is to know in each episode, but I love watching it. It’s just the best thing ever. So… adapting to this new version, it wasn’t easy at all for me.

This is a horror version of Sabrina from the Archie Comics, so there’s nothing to compare with the show. And let me tell you, it’s a hell of a story. In the original comics, Sabrina is a sweet and charming teenager in high school and she is in love with the popular Harvey Kinkle. Sabrina is always trying to do good deeds with her magic, but her aunts and her cat Salem don’t fully agree with it.

Set in the 1960s, this story takes a completely new spin… An evil one. But some parts exceed everything I was expecting to see! There are amazing creepy characters in here, the most iconic coming directly from hell, and the world is just fascinating! Plus I like to see dark and evil witches for a change.

To be honest, at the beginning I wasn’t enjoying it that much, because I was comparing it to the show – which is what I know most about – because I’m really used to the silly, cute Sabrina and it’s difficult to let go. But I did, and I started getting into the whole satanic type of vibe. It’s dark, cruel, creepy, and… epic. 

I can’t say I loved it but it did grip me, I think everything was tied in a totally different style but it still included everything crucial from the original Sabrina in it. Plus, the art fitted the story amazingly well. It’s rough yet detailed, and the color scheme is unique and gives an uneasy feeling.

I also really enjoyed having some of Riverdale’s crew appearing in this one and I can’t wait to read the second book because this ended with one hell of a cliffhanger and it was epic! I really want to know what happens next. 

If you are into Sabrina I think it’s always interesting to check it out. But if you are into creepy, gruesome and dark themes, you will love this!

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Have you read these yet? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

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