- Posted by Johanna on December 14, 2007 at 7:19 am
- Category: Graphic Novel Reviews
- CREDITS: by Brandon Hanvey
- PUBLISHER: Self-published; $9 US
This is like My First Graphic Novel, simple, direct, and basic. Riley’s a prep, Petra’s arty, they meet at a party and try to date in the face of culture clashes among friends and parents.
The presentation is incredibly straightforward, which would make this a good choice for the younger audience. (The older will have seen it all before.) Panels are nothing fancy, talking faces for the most part, and the dialogue is flatly written to be clear exactly what’s going on. I find the writer’s resistance to contractions a bit odd. I think the text would be greatly improved if he read it out loud to check for sounding natural before putting it on the page.
It’s almost as though a computer put this together, but I think it’s just that the creator hasn’t found his unique voice yet and needs to have more confidence. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the story and characters, but there’s no feeling of heart whatsoever in this material. It feels very mechanical, going through the motions.
I’ve reviewed his previous comics, which I enjoyed more. More characters meant more to work with and more to interest the reader. Find out more at Hanvey’s website. (A complimentary copy for this review was provided by the author.)