Graphic Novel Review 356/365: Isola

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Today Ronell and I went to a comic book/game store in Gainsville, VA.  We are here for a convention, and we wanted to make the best of our time in a new place.  The name of the store is Comics and Gaming.  Yes, you heard me right…Comics and Gaming.  Probably the most unoriginal name for a store in recent history.  But the place and the guys there are cool.  We spent some time in the shop, and Tom and Dave chatted with us, helped us find some comics, and invited us to keep in touch with them in case we ever needed anything in our quest for comics in the classroom.

I ended up buying about $45.00 in comics, including the first two issues of a newer Image Comics series that I’m going to be chatting about today.

Title: Isola  

Author(s): Brenden Fletcher, Karl Herschl, and Msassyk

Publisher: Image Comics (2018)

Age Rating: 13+ (Through issue 2)

Straight up, let me jump out the gate and tell you that the art in this book is crazy beautiful.  The image that I used for the book is actually the cover of issue #2.  I love it!  The art reads like a grown-up Avatar: The Last Airbender…it’s clean, colorful, expressive, and modern.  The story, although we don’t get a lot in two issues, follows a tiger, that we are lead to believe is a person of royalty turned tiger, and the tiger’s guard.  They are trying to get somewhere to do something, and the road is dangerous.

So, while the art is fantastic, I think this is a book that you are going to want to wait and read in trades.  This title does not have much going on in each issue, and I think the payoff will be good, but each issue does not give as much as you’d want, leaving the reader a bit unsatisfied.  And it’s fantasy, so there’s a bunch of names and locations that Image is expecting you to remember from month to month!  Again, not my bag.  I can’t remember who Captain America is these days.

This one could be good, really good, but I’m in the wait until trades camp here.  Unless you completely dig the art, in which case I’d say, add it to your pull list.  I wouldn’t fault you for that; it’s beautiful, especially if you love big cats like I do.

Happy reading!

Eric

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