Top critical review
Mediocre, derivative story - and the art only said to me "please close this book"
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2014
I'll leave the storyline alone since the art is what really threw me off from liking this more.
Part of me liked the looseness of the art; part of me thought the artist was just being lazy. The latter part one out in the end. Flowing robes I get in the desert to keep the sun off and loose clothing, but man it certainly felt like a crutch. All the faces looked alike - Anime-esque, white dudes who all have the same lineage looks like. Kind of dull. Some of the action scenes were so hard to figure out what was going on that my eyes hurt and I just skipped a page. Color or solid inking would have been really helpful.
And don't get me started on the blurred focus cliche. Comics aren't film. I don't appreciate when artists try to give you that sensation. Especially when the blurr looks so digitized compared to a purposely rough pencil job, it seems too intentional. Again, my eyes automatically skipped those panels. I hope there wasn't anything important in them...
I am surprised at how well this was reviewed. I ordered it blindly, going for an indy adventure, post-apocalyptic thing. Not sure I'll do that again. Reflective, I think, of the dearth of real criticism among comics readers - maybe we're all fanboys at heart and look past weaknesses because we like the escape comics give. But man, this was really mediocre, derivative stuff.
Other reviewers say this book picks up as you go along. Good luck to you. Limited time + limited budget=spend time on other books that start off better.