Genres: Action & Adventure, Comics & Graphic Novels, Dystopian, Fiction, Friendship, Science Fiction
Published by BOOM! Studios on September 21, 2016
Source: Netgalley, Provided by Publisher
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The stars have been blocked out for so long that people have forgotten there was anything else besides the World Government Alliance watching over them. Uma Akkolyte is a girl who shoots first, leaps before she looks, and is desperate for any means to leave her planet behind. And so she does. When Uma jacks an alien spaceship and punches through the stratosphere she sets forth on an adventure with an unlikely crew who are totally not ready for all the good, bad, and weird the universe will throw at them.
From writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly (Batman and Robin Eternal, Grayson) and artist Marcus To (Nightwing, New Avengers), Joyride is a rebellious love letter to the sci-fi genre, exploring what happens when nothing stands between a group of teens and their freedom amongst the stars
What makes you pick up a graphic novel? For me, it’s always the art. I can grow to love a story even if it’s not my preferred genre if the art is great enough. Joyride accomplished that but just barely.
I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi in general; space just doesn’t cut it for me I guess. So when I got approved for this I was intrigued but a bit biased.
The art is definitely neat. I loved the character designs very much even if they weren’t the flashiest out there. The line-art was clean, the colors muted but pleasing. I did think the character’s facial expressions were a bit stiff and they could have been drawn in a more expressive way to accurately convey their emotions. While the art was nice, it wasn’t…unique. I felt like I had seen the style before and nothing stood out to me.
What I did not like about this graphic novel was the distinct lack of world-building. I’m still not sure what the whole plot is really about; I’m guessing it’ll be developed more in the next volumes. The dialogue also didn’t help in contributing much to the plot line. It was wasted a lot in cheesy lines which I guess gave some personality to the characters but just managed to make me cringe a lot.
There needs to be a lot more character development for me to feel something for these characters. Even the villains are far too vague and out of reach that I don’t find myself rooting for the heroes. And some of the secondary characters seem completely pointless. Adding some depth to these characters would help this story immensely.
I can definitely say this series has potential but there’s a lot of work to be done both with the art and the writing.
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