Multiple Mini-Reviews: Graphic Novels

Book: Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Publisher: Image Comics, 2014
Genre: Graphic Novel
Source + Date Read: Library, February 2014
Recommend: Western, fantasy fusion lovers.
Book Pro’s: Interesting character build up.
Book Con’s: Not loving the art.

I’d heard mixed things about this novel but I was still very excited to find it at my local library. I’ll start with what I liked: I loved the overall “story” theme, it was a bit tortured and had a Western-styled fairy tale feel to it. That made it surprisingly refreshing and unique.

What didn’t I like? I didn’t enjoy th dialogue too much and I spent about a quarter of it being a bit confused. I’ll have to give it another chance and reread it when Volume 2 comes out. I will say I wasn’t terribly fond of the art but overall, this story has potential and I want it to happen.


Book: Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis Wiebe
Publisher: Image Comics, 2014
Genre: Graphic Novel
Rating: HalfHeart
Source + Date Read: Library, February 2014

I don’t know what went on in this graphic novel. I feel bad starting out like that but I do feel like this entire novel was a bit of a hot mess. I didn’t like the plot, at all. I didn’t enjoy the characters. The dialogue felt stilted and the art wasn’t too hot in my opinion. I went into this hearing great things and about half way I had to sit there and wonder why it got so many rave reviews? If you’ve enjoyed this novel I’d really like to hear why you think it’s good. I’m willing to have my mind changed!

I’m not sure if I’ll read Volume 2 in this series to be honest. After I read it I also found out that there had been some pretty public news in the past about one of the artists and a domestic violence charge so at the moment, I think I’m done with Rat Queens.


Book: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Yen Press, 2013
Genre: Historical Fiction
Genre: Graphic Novel
Source + Date Read: Library, February 2014
Recommend: A graphic of a beloved novel
Book Pro’s: Just awesomeness man, art, plot, everything!
Book Con’s: Uh… they’re not publishing the second graphic novel (Hollow City) fast enough

I was so excited to see this at the library! It’s a trend that has been going on for some time, graphic novels based on popular published books. I never really saw the point, why read a graphic novel when you can just read the real thing? Boy, I’ve since eaten my words.

I actually enjoyed the graphic novel so much more than the actual novel. Why? Mostly because I was able to read it quicker. Ransom Rigg’s writing is full of incredible detail which, if you want, please go read the novel, but sometimes you want the detail depicted for you which is why the graphic novel was so great: all of those monsters came to life. It was such a beautiful and eerie thing, to see the magic and special people come to life. Plus I just loved the artist, I thought they chose well!



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It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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