Sunday, April 1, 2012

Review: Reptile by Vincent T. Irving

I've been an avid reader of comics since I was a child. After getting married, I decided to replace them with collected editions. This led me to move toward an interest in graphic novels. As I've delved into the genre, I soon discovered that there were beautiful examples of the form and real stinkers as well. More on this in a moment.

The Twitter² Summary:
Thrown off course, the prince of a far-flung planet lands in the garden of an unsuspecting young woman, who chooses to care for what she believes is a burnt egg, not knowing that the day it hatches would be the day her whole life would change. Reptile is Vincent T. Irving’s first foray into the graphic novel genre.

The Low-down:
Okay, back to the beautiful examples and the stinkers. I'm just going to put it out there up front. This one's a stinker. There's nothing wrong with the concept, it's just everything about the execution that's lacking.

The language isn't realistic. The plot is entirely without direction. The pacing is uneven. The language includes curses for no apparent reason. The art does show some promise, but needs practice and time to refine.

The Rating:
1 of 5 Stars (A book I wouldn't inflict on others)

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Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book free from Dorrance Publishing Company. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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