Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Reviews from a non-comic book reader
Doug tasked me with reading and reviewing, Fables - Animal Farm. He wasn't really expecting a review, since I gather that this has been out forever, but wanted to see what my non-comic book self thought of a work he likes.
Contrary to what Doug says, I do occasionally read comics, mostly Walking Dead, but I will grab other volumes as interest strikes; 28 Days Later, The Stand, etc.
Sadly my fable background has lapsed and with some of the characters I spent most of my time trying to remember the original myth. I found this distracting rather than enriching. Like with Rose Red, WTF, I cannot remember her or her role, wasn't she just some random sister? But this is ultimately a problem with me, not with the story.
I did like the art work, and I thought it was huge for bringing the writers' reality to life. I don't think that this would have been as successful as a novel. It's an example where some beautifully illustrated work can quickly wrap the reader up in a world that would otherwise take pages and pages to explain.
I found the transitions a bit abrupt and the whole story just kind of thudded to an end for me. But this has always been one of my problems with comics in general. I read, alot, and fast, so I head straight for the words, ignoring the rest. That's great if you're working through 800 pages of The Passage by J. Cronin, (which was fantastic and rightly earned a boatload of praise), not so great if mixed media is critical to understanding. I am working to change the pace when I read comics.
Overall, I liked it. The idea is cool, I really liked the art work, the story was compelling, although short. I will read more in the series, but only as other reading is cleared out of my queue.