Sunday, October 9, 2016
Warship Jolly Roger Book 1: No Turning Back
author: Sylvain Runberg
average rating: 3.82
book published: 2014
read at: 2016/10/09
date added: 2016/10/09
'Warship Jolly Roger' by Sylvain Runberg with art by Miquel Montllo is just the kind of space opera story I like to read. A story of people fighting against the odds.
After a prison outbreak on the planet Tullanium, four escapees who don't know each other decide to band together to evade recapture. One is Jon Tiberius Munro, a disgraced confederation captain serving a life sentence for a war crime he was forced to commit. One is Alisa Rinaldi who fought against the confederation. One is a smuggler named Nikolai Kowalski. The last is a teenager known only as Thirteen, who doesn't talk, but has a cool owl drone that he flies with his mind.
The plan is to capture Munro's old ship, but things don't always go the way they are planned. Along the way, they kidnap the confederation president, have a few close calls, and learn to get along. Maybe not so much on that last one.
The setting is interesting, if not too original. The familiarity works in it's favor perhaps. The art is also interesting. It's got a certain anime look, and in the notes afterword, I learned that it was treated as if it were an animated feature. Perhaps if the book does well, that can happen. The few extras include have some atmospheric drawings and the original story pitch, which I didn't read, since it is in French. I enjoyed the ride this story took me on.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, Magnetic Press, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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