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3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, poorly executed, 13 Oct 2011
Alice S (Yorkshire UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Muzz (Paperback)
I was already a fan of FSc from the beautiful artwork she contributed to the 'Nightmares and Fairytales' series with Serena Valentino. Her artistic style is captivating, cute, gothy Ameri-manga, and I was anxious to see more of her work. This book, which she both wrote and illustrated, has both high points and low points.

It's an interesting concept, but the way she tells the story feels incredibly chaotic and rushed, and is often hard to keep up with. Her art, too, is less precise than in 'Nightmares and Fairytales' - I've often had to spend minutes trying to figure out just what is going on in the blurred, streaky 'action-sequence' panels, events which are crucial to the plot and not properly explained in the accompanying text. There are too many characters, too, so it's hard to keep straight who's who. The ideas she's presenting, while extremely cool, are confusing at the best of times - robotic doppelgangers, dreamworlds, parallel dimensions - even without overly chaotic presentation. The author's English, too, is at times a little clunky. It's never to the point where it obscures the meaning, but there are a couple of phrases that throw off a native speaker and disrupt the flow, as they just sound a bit odd. I can't help but think that this isn't FSc's fault so much as her publishing company - more rigorous editing could have helped clear up a lot of these problems, creating a more streamlined, comprehensive comic.

This isn't to say that this is a bad piece at all - it just requires the reader to work a little harder for the end product. Her artwork remains beautiful, and the ideas are intriguing. I'm not sure I'll be reading the rest in this series. However, I will give FSc another go if she chooses to collaborate with a writer.

Perhaps it is just that this books style isn't for me - it seems more reminiscent of Manga, with hopping 'funny' characters and a general lack of direction. I'm much more a fan of (usually Western) graphic novels than of Manga. It's interesting to note that it is Manga-volume sized, not that of a generally bigger graphic novel, so maybe this is intentional. I would say that if you're a fan of both comic books and manga, you could give this a go. It might be your collection's best addition! If not, then consider carefully before purchasing. If possible, locate this in a store where you can have a look at some of the most confusing pages (they're mostly towards the middle) and see if you're fine with them.
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