Wednesday, June 14, 2017
author: Damon Clark
average rating: 2.81
read at: 2017/06/14
date added: 2017/06/14
'The Circle' by Damon Clark with art by Alyzia Zherno is a creepy story about a bullied boy whose life goes from bad to worse.
Christian and his father move to Shell Bay after the death of his mother. Being a new kid at school is never easy, and he is immediately targeted by the school bullies. When he is rescued by the weird kids and invited to join their club, he doesn't realize the dangerous things they are messing with. Before long Christian and the other weird kids start exhibiting strange powers, but these power are gained at the cost of blood and now Christian wants out.
I read it fast enough and it just spins into weirder and weirder. Things are not explained well, and innocent people end up dead in a story that makes their lives pretty worthless. When a character has to die, I want it to mean something. Here it just felt fake and cheap. The art is actually pretty interesting with a style that twists and exaggerates features like a fun house mirror. This works really well as the creepy shadows start showing up everywhere. But when it was done, I wanted something more out of it.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Action Lab Entertainment, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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