Monday, March 30, 2015

I'm Mostly Just Confused

The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple mostly just left me feeling confused.

I'm honestly so ambiguous about this book because I feel like I have no idea what happened. I needed to read a graphic novel for the Popsugar challenge, and I'm always up to reading new and interesting graphic novels. I had seen The Wrenchies on Amazon and thought it sounded really cool, so when I saw it at my library, I picked it up. Instead of a super cool, superhero-eque storyline, I found a mish-mash time-travel pseudo-plot with largely one-dimensional characters and no explanations. 

It seems like Dalrymple spent so much time on the idea of the world and the creatures which embody the antagonist that he left no room for who or why. I didn't necessarily hate it. I just feel nothing for it at all. The art style is pretty cool, occasionally more graphic than I would prefer, but that's just me. I also really like certain spreads, like this one: 

I just wanted something more from it. I usually love First Second publications, so I was bummed that this one didn't become a new favorite. Maybe others would really enjoy it, but it wasn't for me.

Recommended for people who enjoy ambiguity in explanations, dark futures, and somewhat stock characters.

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