In Persephone, the Greek God Hades gets shot with a love arrow and falls in love. In iZombie Vol. 4, Gwen and friends have to deal with a zombie apocalypse and other supernatural happenings. In Plume, Vesper and her supernatural guardian travel through the Old West on a quest for revenge. Enjoy my mini reviews for these three graphic novels!
Persephone by Allison Shaw
I had been searching for a graphic novel about Hades and Persephone, something with a sweet romance rather than a dark, erotic one, when I stumbled upon the Kickstarter campaign for this, the exact thing I was looking for. But, even though I did like some things about this, I ended up being disappointed. I liked how this author/artist kept the same general story but made it into her own version with little twists and variations. I love the idea of good guy Hades and of his romance with Persephone being a healthy, respectful one. I didn't love the idea of them only falling in love because of Eros's arrows, but the arrows made for pretty art at least. And it was pretty art. There wasn't much detail, at least not in the background usually, but I liked the style and the colors used. Hades was like a beautiful, dark, old school romance novel cover model. My problem though was that it was so short and rushed that there wasn't any depth or chance to explore the relationship, emotions, or even the characters. But overall this was a sweet, albeit simplified, retelling of Hades and Persephone with pretty artwork.
iZombie Vol. 4: Repossession by Chris Roberson, Michael Allred
I still liked the pretty art, great characters, and fun supernatural stuff, however, this was my least favorite of the series. I liked it when these were just about a zombie girl playing detective with her ghost and were-terrier best friends, monster hunter boyfriend, and hot mummy acquaintance, but this volume went full-blown saving-the-world-from-the-apocalypse. The story felt a little out of control and was less character-focused, and the ending was one that I personally didn't like. Also, some sections were done by a different artist, and that art style was very much not to my taste. So overall it was a good series, but the final volume was somewhat of a disappointment for me.
Plume by K. Lynn Smith
*This review is for the entire series.*
This was a fun fantasy western webcomic. It required a lot of suspension of disbelief (mostly for the non-paranormal aspects, but the logic for some of the paranormal was iffy too), but I enjoyed it. I liked the Old West setting. The characters were likeable and had some development. (Side note: *SPOILER* I feel like Dom actually had the most depth, even though he was kind of a side character and was the antagonist for a while. Really, he was just doing the same thing Vesper was. He wanted to kill his dad's killer. And he lost his dad when he was young, which left him kind of lost, I think. The guy didn't even know how to get by other than gambling and stealing, which wasn't ok but was kind of sad. I felt kinda bad for him. He was a coward most of the time, but then he was brave. He earned some of my respect by the end. *END SPOILER*) The art had a unique style that I thought was pretty, and it was full color, super clear, and easy to see. Overall, this was a fun, albeit somewhat bittersweet, read.
*Note: This review is based on the webcomic. Other formats may have differences I am not aware of.*