Thursday, January 7, 2016
author: Mario Candelaria
average rating: 2.79
book published: 2015
read at: 2016/01/06
date added: 2016/01/07
'Ashes' by Mario Candelaria with art by Karl Slominski got me interested with a cool cover and a story about firefighters, but the mediocre story and confusing art were a bit of a letdown.
Matt Terwillegar is a firefighter and the son of a firefighter. He's a bit larger than life and pretty fearless on the job, until he has a pretty serious accident on the job. When his family and old firehouse support him, he makes a fast recovery, but has trouble getting his old job back. He slips into depression and bitterness, but maybe has a chance to turn things around.
The story is okay, but kind of predictable. The art is black and white and kind of muddled. The characters have a sort of garish look to them, and I kept getting some of the men confused because they looked the same. I like that this is a Kickstarter project and that it benefits firefighter charities. It's for a good cause, but it's too bad it's not a good story.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, Z2 Comics, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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