Cover Image: Junkwraith

Junkwraith

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This had a nice art style but unfortunately, the story just didn't hook me but im sure it will find its people.
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I had a very difficult time following this book. The artwork was original and very cool but made it a bit difficult to see the progression of the story. Couple this with the disjointed narrative and I was confused throughout most of the book. I understood the general gist of the plot but don't really understand the world, characters, or sequence of events in any sort of detail. I think I could've enjoyed this a lot more with some background information and a more clear-cut plot.
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This was a fun enough graphic novel, though it was a bit long, in my opinion. While the art style wasn't entirely to my taste, it was certainly consistent and the character flourishes (like the MC's little tech sprite) made up for any issues I had in that regard.
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Get past the very-easy-to-dislike aesthetic of this book, and you have perhaps the world's first fantasy story to feature... an ice-dancer.  Well, Flo's parents at least want her to be a skater, but when she ditches her blades minutes before a competition starts, problems arise.  The title character is a bit of spectral hoodoo purely born out of her dumping the physical aspect of what she only really half aspired to.  So our heroine has to go into the Wastelands armed only with someone's hand-drawn map, and her baby lava lamp robot companion thing, to get them back, and not harm herself through the act of being so quick to dismiss her potential future, or something like that.

The moral might well be an interesting one, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.  The art can be very loose (the prologue needed two go-arounds before I could see who was who), and the tails for the speech bubbles can be absent, but at the same time the design direction has called for lots of little bitty, fussy frames to pack the details into the (quickly-read) story.  I needed a much more clear approach – and if the moral and the different aims of all the different characters are important, they ought to deserve that too.  It's not horrendously unreadable, but I doubt it will stick in my memory.  Two and a half stars.
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I requested this graphic novel on a whim, because the cover art and the title caught my interest. I found it to be a super charming story, about a girl named Flo who tosses her ice skates away after a particularly bad night and ends up being haunted by the titular Junkwraith, and her journey to cure herself and set things right.

The world within this graphic novel was super interesting to me, and I would have loved more backstory about it. The sci-fi elements in it meshed perfectly with the rest of the story and the more "normal" aspects of the world, and I loved Flo and her little sidekick, Frank (who is a Juju, which seems to be their version of our smartphones). The art in particular is one of the strongest parts of this book, in my opinion. It's very different from what I see published currently, and I loved the use of more muted color palettes and the details to the backgrounds. Overall, a really great read, and I'd love to pick it up physically when it's released!
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A magical middle grade graphic novel, Tidesong grapples with trying your best, being a good friend, and overcoming obstacles.
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