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Icarus

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This was an interesting and original story about Icarus and the land of Vol. I like the way that this graphic novel ended, it made me look forward to future volumes.

As I read an advance reader's copy I do not know if the final product has a glossary of terms but I would have really appreciated one to help me understand the terms used to describe units of time.
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Icarus is a fast paced graphic novel based on the ancient myth. This shows an interesting twist to the myth.
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A colourfull graphic novel where Godzilla meets Greek mythology. A story in a far fuure that keeps you reading to an unexpected end..
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It was a cool book to read, it was pretty interesting overall, though the start was hard for me to get through and I had almost dnf it until i got a little further in.
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The artwork is amazing! The story is not bad but it wasn't for me. There was a lot of info dumping, a lot of traveling scenes and some illogical for me events.
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There really wasn't anything wrong with this novel per say, but it just wasn't for me. I thought the artwork was amazing and goegeous, but the story didn't hold my attention.
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The artwork is gorgeous throughout this book, full of colour, expression and imagination. The change in theme when focusing on power from different individuals and during flashbacks was really good.
This is a quick read, easy to get through which is always good. A graphic novel that's too heavy never works and this felt light and an easy introduction to a new series.
I love Greek mythology and that's what drew me to this graphic novel. A spin on the mythology, what happened after Icarus fell? I thought there was going to be more of a link but this appears to be as much as we get.
Outside of the above I felt there was little new or original to keep excited about. We see so many creatures they kind of blur together, some characters are difficult to distinguish. The setting and plot are nothing new. It's a mix of  so many well known sci-fi and fantasy stories we all know well.
Love Rig, protect him at all costs.
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Die Geschichte von Icarus ist ja nichts neues, deswegen auch nichts zur Geschichte.

Die Illustrationen haben nicht nur mir sondern auch meiner Tochter sehr gut gefallen.
Das Englisch ist recht einfach zu lesen, vorallem wenn man die Geschichte bereits kennt.

Absolute Kaufempfehlung!
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I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Icarus is a fast paced graphic novel based on the ancient myth. Firstly - the graphics in this novel are amazing - so detailed and entertaining. 
The story itself was great. I did feel a lot was crammed into this in too short of a book and would have been better bring lengthened either into one book or across two installments. 
The book was a fascinating and fresh take on the myth of Icarus and I loved this take on the myth. 
Icarus falls from the sky into a volcano and has no knowledge of who he is or how he's come to be there, he only knows his name. He saves Jellinek who is being attacked by a flame devil. Jellinek takes Icarus back yo his home to recover but the pair end up fleeing the village as they get into some trouble. I enjoyed the main characters friendship and time together and especially loved the dog Rig who I felt was five such a small part in the novel.
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a nice story and a great read. what is a little confusing is the way time is described in cycles. the graphics are great
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Other than the titular character, Icarus being a winged being, the story is completely different from the Greek myth Icarus. Icarus first appearance in this comic is somewhat similar to the mythology where he was falling except he survived. The description sounded very promising but I may have my expectation slightly too high cause it had me slightly unsatisfied when I finished it. Don’t get me wrong, the comic wasn’t terrible but it just felt as if something was lacking for me. 

Things I like:
The visual and the art are nicely done but sometimes, the colour usage felt slightly overwhelming to me. Some panels are very aggressive in terms of the colouring which gave me a slight sore in the eyes. 
I do however enjoy the character designs. Icarus is kinda hot, love that for him lolol


Things I didn’t like:
The storyline and plot were okay. I felt there are some plot holes that could be improved. The character representation felt a bit dense for me. Everyone feels very simple and straightforward which didn’t excite me.
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Icarus tells the story of a young man falling out of the sky and landing, in a strange world, without any knowledge of his identity. On landing he meets a prospector and his lava dog, Rig. As the story progresses this becomes more of the book's focus alongside the political shenanigans of the ruling class. 

Although this is easy to read, I found it disorientating as you know very little about the world and it's inhabitants from the get-go. This leads to the story plodding along slowly, with random creatures emerging to assist in pushing the plot along.  I did not connect emotionally with any of the characters and struggled to care about the world and Icarus's story. The resolution wasn't particularly satisfying and I wanted more. The artwork had a vintage aesthetic, which was unexpected. However overall, for me, sadly this story lacked dynamism.
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Rating: 3/5
I received this eARC from Netgalley for my honest review

Icarus is a graphic novel about two unlikely heroes: a winged young man who falls into a dormant volcano with no memory of anything but his name, and a flamepetal prospector down on his luck (and everything else). Together, they must discover the secret of Icarus’ identity if they are to save their worlds from those who want his powers for themselves. We are proud to present this story of wonder, of friendship, and of a battle to overcome tyranny, with creatures who discover that what unites them at the core is more important than what divides them on the surface.

Overall a great Graphic Novel, it is a retelling of Greek mythology.  With this being the first vol. There wasn’t a lot of character development, it was definitely plot development and I would be happy to be able to read the 2nd volume when it comes out. The art was amazing and really brought the world to life. I really enjoyed the two artists of this Vol, Matt Slay and Mark Dos Santos did an amazing job making sure that their art portrayed the world and compliant the words written.
I really liked the instant bond that Icarus and Jellinek had right away, it reminded me of a fatherly bond, and Rig is to die for! He is the best sidekick character ever.

I want to Thank NetGalley for my eARC and Gregory Wilson
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I couldn't enlarge the text in order to read this on my laptop at home and it wouldn't load onto my large screen computer at work. But I looked at the illustrations and they were very impressive. Crisp linework and all pages were coloured. We have some students who are keen on both graphic novels and Greek mythology, so I believe this will be worth buying for our library.
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I think I might be guilty of reviewer sin no. 1- judging a book by it's cover.

This book was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I think the cover and title sets up expectations for the graphic novel that don't play out. Firstly the cover and title suggests the story will have similarities with the original greek myth. However, the only connection here is that both stories contain a character with wings. There are no spaceships or rayguns, but as soon as I began to read this book I got very sci-fi vibes- it's full of alien looking landscapes and cool creature designs. I think if the title and character name had been different this would have really helped to manage reader expectations.

I thought the cover design is cool- the image is eye catching image and is what initially drew me to the book. The inking throughout the novel is great and so are the panel layouts (especially during the scenes describing Icarus's fall). Personally, I'm not a fan of some of the colour choices. I would have prefered to see more complimentary colours, but I do like the use of watercolour effects. The unusual colours choices do add to the interesting alien looking landscape and character designs even if (for me personally) the colours are aesthetically pleasing. I do prefer Mark Dos Santos illustrations for the second half of the story.

You may enjoy this book if you have different expectations and assumptions- but unfortunately it didn't live up to mine.
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The art is super cool and the story is pretty interesting! I like how Icarus is introduced, and the progression of the plot is pretty solid. My only issue is that the pacing felt too fast, and some exposition was needed in order to make some of the settings clear. I felt like I was being tossed from situation to situation, which is not ideal in a story.
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Was really intrigued by the sci-fi and greek mythology feel the cover and description gave me. But the artwork wasn't a fav for me. The plotline was really good but it felt a bit rushed to me.
Thank you to NetGalley, Gregory a. Wilson and Atthis Arts for the chance to read this
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**Disclaimer: I received a free early access copy of Icarus by Gregory A. Wilson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this opportunity.

Icarus by Gregory A. Wilson is a sci-fi fantasy graphic novel.  It's about a different kind of society, and a young man who literally falls from the sky and into a greater conspiracy.  The book was published on November 10th, 2020.  I rated it three stars on Goodreads.


Here's the summary from Goodreads:

Entrances, I tell you. That kid sure knew how to make an entrance!

The Longest Fall Book One

Icarus is a graphic novel about two unlikely heroes: a winged young man who falls into a dormant volcano with no memory of anything but his name, and a flamepetal prospector down on his luck (and everything else). Together, they must discover the secret of Icarus’ identity if they are to save their worlds from those who want his powers for themselves. We are proud to present this story of wonder, of friendship, and of a battle to overcome tyranny, with creatures who discover that what unites them at the core is more important than what divides them on the surface.

"A modern fable about friendship and self-discovery. Wilson has crafted a beautiful maze of a story, with surprises around every corner, brought to beautiful life by Fabbio's striking art." — Michael R. Underwood, author of Annihilation Aria and the Genrenauts Series

This book had an interesting premise, but I'm not sure it was my particular type of book.  This was a bit of a retelling of the myth of Icarus, but I wanted it to be more of an adaptation of the myth.  I recognize that it's probably not fair of me to mark it down for that, but I just wanted it to be something different.

I will clarify that that's not the only reason the book got three stars.  I adapted quickly to the different setting, but I was very confused by the world.  Some details were included but it wasn't enough for me to really feel rooted and invested in the world.  I really just wanted more information about why the world was this way.  I will acknowledge that it's the first in a series, but I was just too confused by the world to really want to read more after this first one.

I did like the main characters and I especially liked the animal sidekick.  In my opinion, you really don't get enough of Rig.  

I liked the book well enough, but I just didn't feel a lot of passion for it.  If you're interested in the premise then I would recommend you check it out, but I don't think I'll be continuing the series.
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Unfortunately, I was disappointed in the comic. It was not what I expected from him. One of the worst ones I had the opportunity to read this year.
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DNF at 40%.

Graphic novels for me are a hit or miss. Some give me headaches and others I can easily read through. This one was somewhere in-between. 

The art was my favorite part of this title, but trying to keep up with the story just wasn't for me. I was hoping for a remarkable retelling of some sort because of the summary but the plot just couldn't hold my attention.
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