A few weeks belated on these March releases, but this month’s mini reviews features some interesting paranormal-type graphic novel reads as well as an upcoming April one that has an interesting take on superheroes.
After stealing a mask from a museum, John Lincoln finds that he suddenly has powers in which he gets possessed by vengeful ghosts whenever he falls asleep. With his new skills, his sleeping body seeks out the people who did the spirits wrong, exacting revenge. When he awakes, he discovers the aftermath of his vengeance-seeking spirits. This volume collects the first 5 issues in this mini series.
Dream Thief has a pretty bizarre premise and while, at times, it felt a bit confusing and all over the place, it has some really interesting plot points. While perhaps not necessarily the intent, I thought it was an interesting take on sleepwalkers not being aware of what goes on in their mind. Before realizing this was just a miniseries, I was expecting more to the story after the 5th issue so I found the volume to end rather abruptly. The art is quite detailed, and graphic at times.
Deshi accidentally kills his older brother and, as according to an ancient custom in their culture, his parents send him off to find a bride for his deceased brother so he won’t enter the afterlife alone. Deshi ventures out from his home in rural China looking for a corpse bride but there seems to be a scarcity of them until he encounters Lily, a feisty young woman who is very much alive.
Recommended to me by Ardo, I was very intrigued as we tend to have similar tastes when it comes to graphic novels. She loved it and rightly so. A compelling take on this ancient custom. I loved that this was set in the Chinese culture as I find there aren’t generally too many graphic novels set in Asia that doesn’t become manga. The Undertaking of Lily Chen has beautiful illustrations, with the colouring resembling watercolour.
Buzzkill is a superhero who gets his powers from alcohol. When he realizes the chaos that his addiction has caused to his relationship and friendships, he joins a twelve-step program in hopes of getting himself help – much to the amusement of his foes.
I probably wouldn’t have found out about this if not for the Social Issues Through Comic Books online course that I’m taking with Ardo & Christa. It was part of the course reading for the “Addiction” section, and it’s a very interesting look into alcohol addiction and what the repercussions of that could be; how you may think you’re being a “hero” but then you see the aftermath.