Full Graphic Novel
Written by Richard Wilson
Artwork by Various Artists
So, I already posted reviews of the first two volumes (chapters, issues, depending on what verbiage you choose to use. You can those reviews at these links:
Halloween Girl Volume 1
Halloween Girl Volume 2
After having read both of those volumes I had very high hopes for the rest of the graphic novel. Unfortunately, the whole novel all put together didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I feel compelled to point out that the letdown had nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the plot or the actual writing of the story. I thought the idea of the plot was fantastic. What disappointed me was that after the second issue, there was a different artist for each issue. Normally that wouldn’t bother me so much but in this case, it made a huge difference in how the story flowed. A prime example would be in the case of identifying characters. While each artist seemingly tried to make the characters look the same it was not as easy as I believe was intended to decipher who was who and especially who was talking.
Additionally, while the covers are in color, the issues are in black and white and by different artists so the character distinction becomes muddled due to the different styles of art. I was not a fan of the multiple artists using black and white for the rest of this graphic novel when the covers were in color. I liked the first artist and the look of the content in those first two issues. I know from my experience with other comic book writers that it’s not always easy to get the same artist to do all your issues for a certain project.
However, the difference in art styles makes the whole composition of the graphic novel read as somewhat choppy and disjointed. During many key moments of the storyline, each character's dialogue was hard to distinguish from the others. The bubbles of some characters were used as transitions between panels, at least that is what it seemed to me, making it very difficult to know where that dialogue went and to whom.
Also, the text size in the bubbles kept changing, some being so small you’d have to zoom in to read it, which makes for a very complicated reading experience.
Still, if you can get past those things the story is a really good one. It has a lot of action and twists that add a lot of curiosity and flare to the tale. I almost would have preferred this as an actual book than as a graphic novel. I liked the characters and how different aspects intertwined within the story. And I thought the actual writing was very creative and interesting.
It would be very difficult to give a rating like I normally do, separating the graphic novel into three categories; artwork, story, and overall. This is because there are so many artists involved. So I will only be giving an overall rating below. Again, I really had high hopes for the rest of the novel but the entirety of the work didn’t quite come together for me.
Overall 3/5 Stars
****Note: These are the images sent to me by their PR company. This is very similar to the kind of image you would have on the digital format.