Watersnakes

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Dec 2018

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Sandoval surely knows how to make eerie and creepy comics. There's always this odd and distant feeling to them and they're quite philosophical too. Watersnakes is about a lonely girl named Mila, who befriends a blonde girl named Agnes. Agnes seems weird and soon Mila understands that Agnes doesn't really exist the way she does. Agnes wants Mila to help her with the octopus king and their journey turns into a bloodbath, teeth and the terrain between our world and something else. The atmosphere is suffocating and pretty at the same time. The comic is brutal and almost horror and then again it's like a fairy tale and about girl love. Sandoval is a master at combining beauty with monstrosity. The rhythm is wonderful and the slow wondering pace is perfect making this comic dream-like.

The panels vary and the light and thin art with naive characters is a wonderful contrast to the horrors and the bloodbath. Sandoval plays with opposites a lot and it makes his comics refreshing and different. The girl love spice in the comic was wonderful, not to forget the weird obsession with teeth that made the comic extra creepy. Watersnakes is almost like an art comic, but one that actually works and makes sense and not sense at the same time. I just wish there was a reason to the bloodbath and explanation to the soldiers and why were they fighting, since the fights would be more meaningful like that. A great comic still indeed.
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A stunningly illustrated ,beautifully creepy story, Watersnakes by Tony Sandoval may be one of the most beautiful books I have picked up all year, Translated from the original , it is the story of Mila, a quiet young girl who befriends the mysterious Agnes, Mila is strangely drawn to her, and it turns out that Agnes is not quite what she seems, in fact she is a ghost who carries the essence of a powerful prince and whose teeth are in fact an army of his guards. If that doesn't sound too weird and surreal this may be the book for you, because it only gets stranger as the story goes on. While the story is dark and creepy, the real highlight for me was the beautiful artwork , every page was a delight, with  a cornucopia of details to be pored over and enjoyed. The drawing style is a wonderful blend of beautiful and eerie , and fit the story incredibly well, If I had to criticise anything, I would just say that the story was a little confusing at times, but overall I found the book both beautiful and enjoyable and I would definitely seek out the work of this creator again. 
I read and reviewed an ARC courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher, all opinions are my own.
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Okay, that was... surreal. And by that I mean: You're probably not going to make much sense of this plot, no matter how hard you try. In Watersnakes, Mila meets Agnes and develops a crush on her as well as a weird obsession with the latter's teeth - the rest is hard to explain. It's more optical derealization than comic, that much I know. The visuals are naturally impressive. Antonio Sandoval's artwork looks like a mix between Stephen Mackey and a darker Alessandro Barbucci. It stands out with its amazing backgrounds (the water!) and in parts hyperrealistic details, while maintaining a caricaturesque look. The plot surprisingly flirted with gore and even body horror, the action scenes were well-executed and full of motion. An impressive example of Sandoval's artistic skills, but not so much of his storytelling abilities.
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A beautiful, macabre, enigmatic, myth-making graphic novel, telling the story of two supernatural young women who find one another, become close, fight dead wolves, are watched by foxes and dogs, save an octopus (the king of the sea), and make unusual and beguiling magic.
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Not able to load pages. very very slow to load and after few pages, it doesn't load at all. total disaster because it seemed like something I would enjoy, what a shame
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Watersnakes has been a very interesting story to me. It is a completely original and creativity story and I haven't seen anything like it. When I was first introduced to this graphic novel, I thought there was going to be some adventure involving ghosts and magic. I have never been right where I was also completely wrong. That is how unexpected this graphic novel can be. 

I didn't expect the story to play out the way it did, but it always stayed interesting and there was never a moment where I felt bored or wanting to just stop. The story was interesting and... well interesting. The right words are not coming to me to describe it. It had a little creepy factor it, but it wasn't scary at all. The style in which the artwork was done in has also added an eerie factor to the overall story.
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This graphic novel sets itself apart from other works out there. The artwork is beautiful and fits the story really well. However I fell the story was a bit rushed and asked of the reader to know things they don't. Maybe it's just how the narrative style works, but it was not the right fit for me.

I did enjoy the plot and I hoped there were more info about it, more depth and explanation to how or why things happened. There was something lacking for me in the end, but I will be on the look out for the author's next works.
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It's a strange summer day when  teenage Mila meets Agnes for the first time. Mysterious and smart, Agnes leads the girl in a strange world of spirits, dark stories, and a very peculiar octopus. As time goes by, Mila will discover her new friend's secrets; and together they will go on an epic journey.

Watersnakes is a surreal story of friendship, life, death and everything in between. Narrated as a dark fairytale and accompanied by magical illustrations, this is definitely a very strange but very interesting story. It keeps the reader hooked and wondering what comes next. And the excellent thing about this story is that you really can't see what's coming up!

Definitely recommended for fans of fantasy, Gothic-style stories and graphic novels.
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Watersnakes is a surreal trip of a story that takes you down the curious path of Mila and her new friend Agnes. Together they face adventure and danger, and the journey is an interesting one for sure.
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I received this graphic novel as an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Here are my thoughts.

The story in this graphic novel is a bit strange and doesn't make the most sense but it is definitely interesting. I liked the way that Mila and Agnes were drawn to each other, becoming friends almost immediately. The dialogue throughout is a bit unnatural and disjointed, it almost feels like you're reading something that was quite translated properly. The story itself is strange in that there are many elements that aren't explained. While it adds a bit of mystery and keeps you reading, it is irritating that so much of the story is kept under the surface. It left me feeling like the story was rushed and incomplete, and thus wasn't satisfying at the end.

While the story may be lacking, the art in this graphic novel is incredible. It is vividly graphic in the violence and nudity it displays, but it is done in a beautiful way. The art is what kept me interested in this book. I loved the style as well as all of the bizarre scenes. I'm fascinated by the artists depictions of battle and bloodshed and how he makes violence both disturbing and beautiful.

I would recommend this graphic novel to anyone that loves weird stories with beautifully odd artwork.
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From the world of a notable graphic novel artist comes this book that mixes coming of age angst with supernatural elements.  It’s a potent and enjoyable mingling.
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What a surprise! This story was so good! Dark, weird, original, unique and amazing artworks. This is definetely a very good one!
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