Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Graphic Novel Review: Viscera: Epic Frail by Nathan Massengill

Viscera: Epic FrailViscera: Epic Frail by Nathan Massengill
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Viscera is a "wild female" of a race of humanoids that treat women like property. Women are subject to extreme violence, forced rapes and even death. Viscera, how she now calls herself, has taken on the personnae of her predecessor. She dangles her status as "wild and virgin female" to lure the humanoid men to her clutches. If they can dominate her, they can have her. The issue is that she is a formidable opponent.

I was all primed to like this story, then I read it. It was boring, confusing, lacking depth and superficially exploring the themes of women issues and all that. I think this graphic novel misses the mark as it has no redeeming qualities (neither the story nor the characters). They learn nothing, they are not sympathetic, and it is all about vengeance. I love stories of vengeance but, give me an end goal, hope or a possibility of .. something. This story lacks purpose. The story is just about vengeance and vengeance without a purpose (in a story) is just, well, boring. It is in thsi way that the book fails with what appears to be its main theme, female empowerment. Yeah, there is none. There is just this female character taunting all the males that want to dominate her and then killing them and all of it without a lesson or goal in sight.

Moreover, the art was lacking. Sometimes it is all a jumbled mess of black pen to paper. I did not like this novel and won't continue the series, even if it had a cool name.


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*Note: I received this book from NetGalley for the purpose of a review.



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