Rork

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 14 May 2018

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A different kind of story is appreciated but this one is a little off the cuff. It isn't really to my taste but I did enjoy the artwork.
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Rork: L'intégrale 1 (or just 'Rork' with the English publication in November 2017) by Andreas is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in early June.

Rork, a white-haired man who hides in a forest (which incorporates a fascinating use of texture and shadow), is convinced that missing persons become ghosts.  Eventually, he meets people (like Samuel) and the occasional elemental nymph that, by choice or vocation, look for people that have vanished and have come across similar ghosts.  Later, he travels between dimensions and goes to an Old West town where there are no trees for him to seek refuge. Beautiful, but weird.
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While the artwork for this book is amazing, I just couldn't get into the story. I definitely think this would be a recommend for readers who enjoy Neil Gaiman's work, though.
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Hmmm...  This didn't quite work for me, being too off-the-wall and weird for my tastes.  I can certainly see a kinship with Neil Gaiman works - a weird, psychically-minded detective-type is asked by someone who uses ghostly information in his job as a missing person investigator to get the spectres back on track, after something stopped him even seeing them.  This book actually came many years after the other Rork books in the original French, and has been called Volume 0 as if it's a prequel.  Well, either way you feel that you're not getting all the information, and certainly none of the explanation for the oddities that we're seeing.  If you're OK with that, then try it - the artwork is certainly worth a look, in a sub-Charles Vess kind of way - but be prepared for several furrowed brows before you get to the end.  Two and a half stars, for it was not bad - but not quite my style of fantasy graphic novel.
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An interesting graphic novel. I'll definitely recommend it to patrons.
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A man that has lost his ability to converse with ghosts asks for help from Rork, a paranormal investigator. Samuel used to find missing people with the help of tree ghosts, but after a dark incident, his ability is gone. As he starts telling his story, Rork will have to figure out what has truly happened. Why do the ghosts refuse to talk to Samuel? What has occurred? Is Samuel being honest?

An incredible paranormal mystery treading on the verge of Goth, Rork is a compelling graphic novel that captures the reader's interest and sets imagination on fire. The intriguing story is backed by interesting characters, and absolutely stunning illustrations. I definitely recommend this to both fans of graphic novels and mysteries.
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Beautiful story and truly stunning artwork. Maybe some of the best I've seen; it's breathtaking. 

I would've loved the story to be even longer than it was, as it did feel a bit rushed at times. I also didn't get to know Rork as well as I would've liked, but I suspect that's intentional. He's that character that helps other character plots mature and evolve.

I'll definitely read more from this author, even if it's only for the artwork. To be recommended!
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This was enjoyable and intriguing at first but by the end I was confused and I don't really understand what happened
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The arts was interesting and beautiful, but the story was way too slow for my liking, I like my comic book to be more fast pace and more action, this is a really slow one, if you don,t mind that style, you may want to take a look at it, but it was definitely not for me!
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This is a lovely story with some fabulous artwork. The story is about a man who can find things. He can find anything that is lost, things or people. He does this by speaking to ghosts who live in the trees near his home.

One day the ghosts disappear and the man struggles to find people or recover lost property. Eventually he seeks the help of Rork. He believes Rork can help him find the ghosts and recover his gifts. We are not told who Rork is but he is clearly magical in some way. 

And so the two men travel together in search of ghosts and they find more than ghosts. They actually find answers to the past and a deeper appreciation for giftedness.

The best aspect of this story is the beautiful, colourful art. The story is ok, but it is the artwork that conveys the wonder of the story. If you like fantasy illustrated by some amazing artwork then this is the book for you. 

Copy provided by Europe Comics via Netgalley.
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'Rork, The Ghosts' by Andreas seems to be part of a series.  I don't know where this falls in the series, but it seems like previous information is missing.  The art is pretty stunning for the most part, though.

The story takes place in the 1800s.  A man who can talk to ghosts wants to help find missing people.  He finds the ghosts under trees, but now the ghosts aren't helping.  He talks to Rork, a white haired stranger, about his problem.  From reading the book's description, Rork is a paranormal investigator.  Their journey takes them to the American Southwest where there are no trees, but something unusual awaits in the shadows.

It's an odd book that seems to just float, but I can be okay with that.  The art, at times, was really beautiful.  At other times, it felt a bit rushed.  This was a strange journey, but I'm glad I took it.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Europe Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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Book – Rork: The Ghosts
Author – Andreas
Star rating - ★★★☆☆
No. of Pages – 58
Cover – Nice
Would I read it again – Maybe
Genre – Comic, Spiritual, Paranormal/Supernatural


** COPY RECEIVED THROUGH NETGALLEY **


This was an interesting story. The illustrations were really nice, with a hand drawn, manga feel to them, and clearly done with a lot of skill. The storytelling was a little different to what I'm used to, slightly choppier, and with some half-cut scenes showing two things happening at the same time. I admit that I was confused, at first, since the story is about Rork, but focuses on another character's POV at first. But, I do like that the story had a logical lead into recent events, that it began as a sort of Sherlock Holmes interview/consultation before progressing to the action. The concept itself was original and intriguing, with the panels showing bright splashes of colour when the spirits appeared, and more subdued colours for the storytelling panels, which made a real impact.

The story deals with the kidnap of a child, so I do have to add a warning about that, but otherwise it was a good tale of a spiritual journey, if a little choppy and quick for my tastes.
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