!!> KINDLE ❄ November Volume I ❁ Author Matt Fraction – Writerscompany.co.uk
matt fraction never fails I think this is a situation where I ll enjoy the work as a complete whole much than I will enjoy the individual pieces There were some interesting ideas here, but it would be just as easy for them to end up being poorly resolved as it would for them to be genius and, unfortunately, this volume doesn t really work as a complete story on its own, at least not for me It s intriguing, though, and I ll be very interested in how it plays out over the next two volumes. In This New Sequence Of Three Graphic Novellas By MATT FRACTION And ELSA CHARRETIER With Colors By MATT HOLLINGSWORTH And Exquisitely Crafted Lettering By Cartoonist KURT ANKENY, NOVEMBER Follows The Lives Of Three Women Intersecting In A Dark Criminal Underground As Fire And Violence Tears Through Their City On A Single Day And Night, They Discover Their Lives Are Bound Together By A Mysterious Man That Seems To Be The Cause Of It AllOne Night One City Three Women NOVEMBER Not sure I have any idea what the hell was going on here But I liked it. I realized last night I could walk all day long in any direction and I d still be here Somewhere In this here in this now No matter what And so then, I asked myself, well, if this is all there is is this the best I could doI didn t know what to expect when I first started this but what I know for sure is that I left it feeling exactly the same way I went into it clueless That s not to say it wasn t good, because it definitely was, but this first volume sets out to achieve what I presume it s supposed to introduce the characters, lay down the groundwork, and reveal just enough to leave you wanting Matt Fraction s writing is a standout as usual, and the art is gorgeous I wholly appreciate the three main characters having separate color palettes for distinction The handwritten feel of the lettering was a nice touch but the cursive in Kowalki s parts come off as intelligible at times Overall, it was very intriguing and I look forward to reading the second volume. Well, MaybeThis is Volume 1 of a planned three volume set It comprises three vignettes featuring three different characters, with a promise that over the course of the series the plot and the characters connections will become clear.Sometimes with projects like this the art or the writing or the overall vibe is so compelling that you re willing to read through the fog while waiting for the promised payoff Based on this volume I m not at all sure this is such a project.The line work is sketchy and minimalist Character expressions often don t match the dialogue and action It s frequently hard to tell the characters apart, even from panel to panel Many scenes are randomly abstract The idea seems to be to have the storytelling be especially and intentionally abstruse Since the scenes are dark and heavily inked, with dull and brownish washes, this sense of hidden, or missing, meaning becomes a bit claustrophobic.There are a few fun bits of dialogue here and there, but that s like saying that a few of the pieces in an overly complex jigsaw puzzle are sort of pretty It doesn t help that the exquisitely crafted lettering is often so overdone that it s indecipherable It s a distraction and overly clever to no good end.But still, we have been promised a compelling mystery and a satisfying reveal I hope we get it Please note that I received a free advance will self destruct in x days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book. A little too weird for its own good, this comic tries hard to be distinctive and mysterious, but just ends up too obtuse Take a girl tasked with reporting from a roof top pigeon shack the results of a puzzle printed daily in the paper she s told it s some kind of entry code Take a woman seemingly kidnapped by the police when she just finds a pistol on the pavement Take the call handler that second woman was in contact with And add in a bloke, and you get nowhere fast to working out what the heck is going on Bad marks off for the exquisitely crafted lettering that s actually quite unreadable at times, and I didn t begin to like all the cut away, wordless panels that allegedly add things but really only layer on the obscurities Allegedly the opening of a trilogy, this is not one I ll rush back to One and a half stars. Ahhh, I loved this, I want to read the second part right now I loved the handwritten quality to the type Usually I can t ever read that stuff when its in comics but this did it just right Also did a really good job balancing all of the different story arcs without losing the plot Very, very well done. I m not positive I know what the hell is going on, but I m here for it Volume 2, please My normal problem with Matt Fraction books is that they can be so preoccupied with the smart pitch, the cool ideas and the nice moments that they don t quite work as stories Whereas with this one, I don t remotely get yet where it s aimed or what it s trying to do, but I m intrigued Elsa Charretier draws, and though I know her stuff primarily from odd superhero issues, and Matt Hollingsworth s colours from Anglophone comics, there s something about the work they re doing here and Kurt Ankeny s freestyle lettering, and the book s in between length, closer to a BD album than either a US single or trade that give the whole thing of a European comics feel And the story plays into that, following women in enigmatic predicaments not entirely explicable by what we see or what they say There s a grubby, almost modern city, and sudden outbursts of criminality, and mysterious transmissions, and I d definitely read a second volume just in the hope of some hint as to why, but also because they do seem so rounded and alive.And yes, being me I m obviously miffed that the expiry dates on Edelweiss ARCs mean I needed to read November before the end of October.