“Wraithborn Vol. #1” by Marcia Chen and Joe Benítez
- Publication Date: November 8, 2016
- Graphic novel, paranormal, fantasy
- WARNINGS: Unrealistic body proportions but it’s a style thing. Also graphic violence. Kiddies probably shouldn’t read.
“He was trained from birth to inherit a mythical power. She is the timid teenage girl to whom it was bestowed instead. Together only they can stop an ancient evil from rising and enslaving all humankind. An epic urban fantasy from the creator of Lady Mechanika! Collects all 6 issues of the “Redux” edition of Wraithborn.”
I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting when I received Wraithborn. I knew of but never picked up Lady Mechanika and therefore did not really have anything to compare it to.
Wraithborn Vol. #1 is essentially an introduction of how Melanie, the main female character, received her powers. We get a brief glimpse of who she is currently before the reader is thrown back to the very beginning, or as Melanie narrates, the last day her life would ever be normal.
Honestly, it feels too early to make a decision on how I feel about Melanie as a character. I suppose that initially she doesn’t come off as a very likable character with her very shy nature and her habit of flying under the social radar. Valin, the male main character, comes off as a flat character and I honestly can’t think of a word or phrase to describe him other than “blindly loyal” to cult of warrior monks.
Despite the lack of personalities in the main characters, I did think the plot was really interesting and the setting, Louisiana, was perfect for a story that was dealing with the paranormal. The art style wasn’t really my favorite. Not really a fan of comics with impractical scantily clad women with disproportionate body figures. It was kind of weird that the main female character was supposed to be 16 and I thought she was much older based on how the drew her. I mean, the subject matter and violence in the plot itself should make this graphic novel inappropriate for impressionable minds to begin with but honestly the designs of many, if not all, the females were unrealistic.
Overall, Wraithborn Vol. #1 has a lot of potential in terms of its plot. The characters weren’t too thrilling to me but hopefully as the characters progress they’ll gain a bit more definitions and development.
I received a copy of this book from the NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
What do you all think? Have you read Wraithborn Vol. 1 already? Have any other book suggestions that I should add to my Weekend Reading List? Leave your thoughts behind in the comments. Just be respectful please.