Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Reader's Diary #1964- Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel (writers), Xanthe Bouma, Boya Sun, and Matt Rockefeller (artists): 5 Worlds Volumes 1 and 2

One of the most imaginative sci-fi/ fantasy worlds I've come across in recent years must be in the first two volumes of Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel's 5 Worlds graphic novel series. Unique creatures, settings, and cultures abound. I'd say there are some parallels with our own world (there are humans, they're having issues with global warming) but the story seems far from any parable for life on 21st century Earth. Also, the 3 main characters are fully developed and interesting.

I wouldn't say it's perfect though. Like the story, the art is also quite unique. They also did wonderful things with light. But I did find sometimes that an over reliance on pastels left it looking a bit washed out.

I'd also say that the second volume was more confusing (it definitely would not stand on its own) and too often exposition comes in the form of long winded and awkward dialogue. Plus, the complicated universe wasn't aided by a plot revolving around characters that were possibly lying.

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