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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Graphic Novel Review: I.D. by Emma Ríos

Title: I.D.
Series: N/A
Author: Emma Ríos
Publisher: Image Comics 
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Pages: 80
Genres: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Source: ARC from publisher
Rating: 2 out of 5

I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A dystopian tale that analyzes the conflict between perception and identity through the struggle of three people who consider a 'body transplant' as a solution to their lives.

My Review
I have some very mixed feelings about this graphic novel. First off, I think that the concept is awesome. I truly love the premise for this. However, I do think that it could have been explored much further. The story felt too thin. Not enough substance. I think that making it longer and including more story would have made this almost perfect. The world building was almost non-existent. I would have loved to see more of the world outside of the characters lives. While I rather liked the three characters portrayed in the story, I didn't feel like I knew them or fully knew their struggles. Very little information is given about them. If there had been more depth to the characters then this could have been amazing. The story is mostly of the characters leading up to a body transplant. It doesn't show them at the time of the transplant, or during the crucial recovery time afterwards. I also think that the ending kind of petered out. It didn't feel like there was truly closure. While the illustrations were okay, the color choice was distracting. Especially during the action scene towards the beginning. I honestly couldn't tell what was going on. This is definitely an interesting read. I think that it has some areas desperate for improvement, but the core idea of this story is great.

Do you read graphic novels? If so, what is one of your favorites? If not, do you think that you would ever try one?


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