This was the first graphic novel I’ve ever read, so I don’t really have anything to compare it to, but I really enjoyed it!
I didn’t really know what to expect, so I was happy when it reeled me in within the first few pages.
What amazed me the most was the characters. I guess I figured I wouldn’t be able to connect with the characters as much as I do in books, considering there were no descriptions and very little insight into their thoughts and backstory, but I was impressed with how much depth they had and how much I felt for them! Marko was absolutely adorable; he really does seem like someone who is beautiful on the inside and out. And Alana was kickass. But it wasn’t just the main characters—I even felt terrible for The Will and kind of liked him, despite the fact that he was trying to kill the main characters, because he was also shown to have a good side.
The story itself was a little confusing at times when I was still trying to figure out who was working for who, who was on what side, what was going on with the war, etc. (I think I’m just not used to having to figure everything out from pictures and dialogue rather than textual explanations, being a newbie and all), but eventually I got a feel for it, understood what was happening, and could’ve kept reading straight through the next two volumes in one sitting had I not been freezing to death in the bookstore and in serious need of food :-P
Overall, it was funny and artistic and beautiful and explicit all at once which is a pretty great combination if you ask me.
Graphic novel fans and newbies alike who are looking for something fun and different, who like flawed but lovable characters, and who don't mind images of sex, nudity, and violence.