Ether, Vol. 1: Death of the Last Golden Blaze: Graphic Novel Review

August 1, 2017 Book, Recommendations, Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Ether, Vol. 1: Death of the Last Golden Blaze: Graphic Novel ReviewEther, Vol. 1: Death of the Last Golden Blaze by Matt Kindt, David Rubín
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comics & Graphic Novels, Law & Crime, Fiction, Fantasy & Magic, Science Fiction, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Psychological, Thriller, Urban Fantasy
Published by Dark Horse Comics, Random House LLC on August 1, 2017
Source: Edelweiss, Provided by Publisher
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A science-minded adventurer gets mixed up in the mysteries of a fantasy world in this charming new adventure from an award-winning creative team. Boone Dias is an interdimensional explorer, a scientist from Earth who has stumbled into great responsibility. He's got an explanation for everything, so of course the Ether's magical residents turn to him to solve their toughest crimes. But maybe keeping the Real and the Abstract separate is too big a job for just one man.

Collects Issues #1-5 of Matt Kindt and David Rubín's Ether.

I requested this on a whim and I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I’ve made this year.  Ether is everything I love in a graphic novel: beautiful, engaging art; amazing storytelling; characters I want to root for; that urgent need for more at the end. 

Boone is a wonderful hero.  It’s not everyday I read about an older man traipsing around a fantastic world in search of scientific discovery.  I love that he doubles as both a scientist and a detective.  Boone is a man of logic through and through but he still engages with the oddest creatures and situations around.  I feel like I need  little more on his background; his flashbacks tore my heart and made me sympathize so much with him.  I want to learn more about his family, his children, his upbringing, etc.  That’s always a good sign when you’re reading any literary piece.

The pacing was really pleasant as well, I never felt like it was dragging or going too fast for me.  The story just flowed perfectly.  Speaking of the story, this read more like a murder mystery thriller than a fantasy novel which is totally cool with me.  It just made it even more engaging.  If you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes or Doctor Who, this is for you! 

The best part though was the art.  The color schemes changed with the mood of the story which added that extra oomph in the atmosphere.  The character designs were cartoon-ish but very lively.  I loved the range in facial expressions and the mobility of the the characters when they were in action.  The panels were so unique too; I just loved every second of this.
What I would like to see more in the next volume is more female characters.  The story is pretty male-centric and that’s kind of disappointing. Here’s hoping we get to see some badass ladies kick some evil butt in the next part!

Rating Report
Overall: 4.6

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