Friday, January 20, 2017
The Looking Glass Wars: CrossFire
author: Frank Beddor
average rating: 3.50
book published: 2016
read at: 2017/01/20
date added: 2017/01/20
'The Looking Glass Wars: Crossfire' by Frank Beddor and Curtis Clark with art by Sami Makkonen is a graphic novel follow up to the Looking Glass Wars trilogy. I read the first book of that series, so I'm familiar with most of the characters and concept.
For those not familiar at all with the series, this is a fantasy series based on Alice in Wonderland. Alyss Heart of Wonderland is in charge, but the crown lies uneasy. There are people who would like to kill her. This leads to a mission to our world to recover a piece of the Heart Crystal, led by Ovid Grey. The Earth portion takes place in London and Venice. The finale takes place back in Wonderland when the Boarderlanders finally attack. They lead an army of mutant jabberwocky called Jabbers. The city is laid out like a chessboard and the citizens reconfigure it for an epic final battle.
After reading the first book in the series, I didn't feel compelled to read more, but I know the series has it's loyal fans. I can see why, and I did like this story a little better. The court intrigue, the spy mission, and the massive battle all appealed to me. What I wasn't crazy about was the artwork. It is a style that reminds me of sketches on storyboards. Drawn fast and loosely. Characters fade out at the appendages, or seem to float above the floor. Things don't seem fully formed. In spite of that, I was able to keep the characters separate, but it's just not a style that I was crazy about.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Letter Better Publishing Services, Automatic Publishing, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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